SQL Server Cluster

i have a physical SQL Server Cluster 2008 R2 with just 2 nodes.  It's an active/passive cluster.

We what to virtualise this server now but would like to know what the steps would be.  Would it better to remove the cluster so there is just 2 separate SQl servers.

We would like to do this in the quickest way possible and by keeping the cluster name as all applications connect to this

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Paul MacDonaldConnect With a Mentor Director, Information SystemsCommented:
Here's how to add/remove nodes in an SQL cluster:

Moving from physical to virtual should be straightforward.  In your case you could add a virtual node to your existing cluster, demote/remove the two physical nodes and then you'd be left with just the virtual node.

Alternately, you could demote one of the physical nodes, then (as previously noted) virtualize the remaining node.
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer LindowsCommented:

I would personally use SCVMM to have the physical box transformed and moved to a hypervisor an a virtual machine.
ADhal37Author Commented:
Thanks, we need to separate the cluster so we just have a single server. My question is how to remove nodes from a cluster so that there remains separate SQL servers with one of those becoming the only active server as a virtual server.
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