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Windows Cluster

I have a node in a 2 node windows 2008 SQL cluster that failed and I need to install a new server for the failed node. I received the server and I have a couple of questions. The HP server comes with the HP smartstart CD for setup. Do I install that before I install the windows 2008 OS? I do need to create the raid array for the hard drives.

Also, when I install windows 2008, does it have to have the same exact windows updates on it as the current functioning node? If so, how can I install only up to a certain amount of updates, seems not possible to do that?
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TreoctoneCommented:
You can actually use the SmartStart CD to install the OS. In addition you can set up the RAID Through the CD as well, but I would set it up during POST by pressing F8 after the controller initializes. I have seen some issues pop-up when the array is setup during the Windows installation, so that is why I suggest doing it in POST.

As for your question concerning the updates, if you have a WSUS server that controls your updates you can configure it to only install the updates you approve. If not, I would say the only way to do what you are asking is to configure automatic updating to let you choose the updates you want and go from there(this could be a tedious process though).
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tolinromeAuthor Commented:
So for the raid I would insert the smartstart cd, press F8 after the controller initializes, configure the raid, then install the OS - all with the smartstart cd.
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TreoctoneCommented:
Yes. You configure the RAID in POST and then boot into the SmartStart CD to install the OS. This link should help you with the details of the install.
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