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Migrating a Clustered Resource

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We have 2 Dell Servers running Microsoft Clustering. On this cluster, one of the services we run is Print Services. We want to migrate print services to a brand new cluster, being hosted by 2 new servers. Is it possible to migrate the clustered service to the new hardware, or do we have to set the services up from scratch on the new hardware?
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by:Paul MacDonald
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You can't migrate the service.  You'll have to recreate the resource on the new cluster, then eliminate it from the old cluster.
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by:Geodash
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Why does MS make everything so difficult!
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by:Paul MacDonald
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It's rare someone would move a resource out of one cluster and into another.
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Not if you're replacing hardware.
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by:Paul MacDonald
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Maybe.  If you're replacing a node in a cluster, you'd add the new node, then remove the old one.  Or put all the resources on a node, remove the other(s), then add the new one.  Replacing a resource (such as a printer, hard drive, etc) doesn't usually mean moving to a new cluster, either.

I'm not trying to defend Microsoft, just noting that clusters are thought of as eternal.  They can evolve, but changes are usually slow.
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Per this article, you can migrate clustered services.
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You can migrate cluster groups.  That would be all the resources within the group itself.  If you can afford to isolate the resource you want to move (or if it is already isolated) in its own group, it looks as if you can migrate it that way.
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>Why does MS make everything so difficult!

Because they can.

I've installed clusters from M$,Linux,Unix and Novell ,and Novell is far superior in setting up and maintaining to any of the others .

I had 8 node fail over clusters for Groupwise,and file and print when M$ could barely do two correctly.

Too bad Novell couldn't sell ice cream in the desert.

But it is what it is when you have a monopoly.
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