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Does anyone have any suggestions on how to combine 20 SQL servers that is mix of SQL 2000 and SQL 2008. Basically there is a migration plan to move them to a new domain and I'm a little puzzled as to 20 SQL servers..
I guess perhaps a Cluseter would work out? Any suggestions on how to even go about planning this?
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Are you trying to do a consolidation?
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Yes I am..
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I really appreciate all the feedback this is great information. Can you please inform me where i can get this free tool from Microsoft? Also, is there one for higher versions to run?

Any additional information and what to look ask and look for would be amazing. Perhaps creating the checklist and critical applications is a definite i can see.
This might be the upgrade advisor which is available in the planning tab of the SQL Server setup wizard. This is if you are planning on upgrading your SQL2000 instances to SQL2008.

Check out this whitepaper.

http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/0/B/20B90384-F3FE-4331-AA12-FD58E6AB66C2/SQL%20Server%202000%20to%202008%20Upgrade%20White%20Paper.docx
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Is there any tool that will do an advisory to move into a SQL Cluster by any chance that you know of?
The base tool is "SQL Upgrade Advisor".  There are separate Upgrade Advisors for each version of SQL.

I strongly suggest taking all your current SQL 2000 to SQL 2008 and not some intermediate SQL 2005 step or leaving them at SQL 2000.  After all, SQL 2012 is already out.  You don't want to get further behind.

Nothing special for a cluster.  SQL db itself is unconcerned with cluster or not.