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Scheduled Tasks in a 2003 R2 Cluster

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Microsoft SQL ServerWindows Server 2003Microsoft Legacy OS
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2 Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition in an Active/Passive cluster
Microsoft Cluster Version 5

I've created a series of jobs with the following script:

cluster /cluster:%clustername% res "%Taskname%" /create /group:"Scheduled Tasks" /type:"Volume Shadow Copy Service Task"
cluster /cluster:%clustername% res "%Taskname%" /priv ApplicationName="cmd.exe"
cluster /cluster:%clustername% res "%Taskname%" /priv ApplicationParams="/c %path-to-cmdfile%"
cluster /cluster:%clustername% res "%Taskname%" /priv CurrentDirectory="%WorkingDirectory%"
cluster /cluster:%clustername% res "%Taskname%" /prop Description="%Comments%"
cluster /cluster:%clustername% res "%Taskname%" /prop RestartAction=1
cluster /cluster:%clustername% res "%Taskname%" /Off

I've scrubbed this code by entering %xxx% type variables for purposes of viewing the script without the parameters I actually entered.

The script seems to work fine as far as creating the scheduled task type resource.
The jobs also fail-over successfully between nodes.

The problem seems to be the credentials under which the job executes, the job being a *.CMD script that executes every 5 minutes (purposefully).

If I look at the scheduled tasks folder on each node, the jobs will only appear on the active node.  Now I can open the properties of these tasks in Task Scheduler and set the credentials and the jobs will run.

Doing a failover the jobs disappear from Server1 and appear on Server2, however the credentials revert to NT Authority and the job fails.  I changed the credentials, this time on Server2 and the jobs succeed again.  Fail-over again and the credentials are once again gone.

How can I set these jobs to use specific credentials?
Paul MacDonald
Director, Information Systems

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