Changing addresses of clustered SQL Server hosts.

We have created a Windows 2012 R2 cluster to host SQL Server 2014 in MS Azure (IaaS).

We've found that we need to move these to a different resource group and will have to give them both new static IP Addresses.

Alternatively, we could build a new DB cluster, however having spent several weeks so far, we'd like to just change the addresses.  We don't know how "challenging" that is though and so we're looking for information on how to do so.  I haven't been able to find anything via the Googling I've done so far, but I'm thinking the experts on Windows clustering will know of some places where the process is described.

So I'm looking for links and also some rough idea of how problematic it could be.
Gene KlamerusTechnical ArchitectAsked:
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lcohanDatabase AnalystCommented:
Actually there is a pretty good article here and the only difference is that this is for VM's and not physicals but that is not 100% clear what your actual configuration is.
Microsoft has some of their own but not that complete here:
At my place the systems guys are usually doing this kind of work ad DBA's don't have admin domain rights, OU rights where WFC config is stored, etc. during downtime and as it looks pretty scary and painful to do I believe is possible without too much "damage" if all is done as described at first links and in particular if nothing is running on it yet.
If you have any production on it one thing that must be done is to fully backup all your DB's - system(master,msdb) and user and keep a copy handy just in case. Alternatively - images can be taken so rollback is less painful if ever need to go back.

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Raja Jegan RSQL Server DBA & Architect, EE Solution GuideCommented:
As you might be moving the VM to new Resource groups, I would suggest to try the first link provided by lcohan.
Ideally, it should work as it is just the IP changes but if it has any problems, I would suggest configuring the Cluster from scratch to avoid any unexpected issues.
Gene KlamerusTechnical ArchitectAuthor Commented:
As stated, this is MS Azure, so these are VMs.
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Raja Jegan RSQL Server DBA & Architect, EE Solution GuideCommented:
Yes, after you move your resource groups, it would be assigned with a new IP..
Kindly follow the steps mentioned in the first link and try changing IP address across all the necessary places and test whether it works or not.
If not, then start from the scratch..
lcohanDatabase AnalystCommented:
So if they are VM's and the databases attached to the cluster are not very large I would try clone the SQL Cluster using details from here and if possible shutdown the existing one so you have solid/quick fail-back then work on the new cloned SQL cluster to bring it up and change the IP's on this clone. Later on assuming it is all good all left is to just discard the old clones and take a fresh snapshot of new one.
Gene KlamerusTechnical ArchitectAuthor Commented:
First the response was very helpful.  Coincidentally, as of today (after my response) we were informed that the resource groups we need to move this DB cluster between are both in the same Azure subscription and hence we don't need to switch any addresses so I'm afraid the information won't be applied, but we appreciate the quick and complete response nonetheless.

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