Install SQL Server 2012 Cluster on a Windows Server 2012 -Part 1

Prerequisite for SQL Server Cluster Installation

 SQL Server 2012 – Run Failover Clustering Validation tool.
 Two instances of SQL Server or 1 and if 2 then both should have different cluster group.
 .NET Framework 3.5 with Service Pack 1 & Windows Installer 4.5.
 The nodes for the cluster and their ip addresses and access to both nodes.
 OS version & Edition – (Windows Server 2008 R2)
 SQL Server version & edition – (Enterprise or Standard)
 Verify Storage SAN/iSCSI
 Configure the quorum disk
 Create a Local Disk for Page File
 Verify that anti-virus software is not installed on your MSCS cluster
 Verify that you have disabled NetBIOS for all private network cards before beginning SQL Server Setup
 Remote Administration must be enabled
 The SQL Server installation product key.
 The SQL Server components to be installed.
 The SQL Server virtual server name.
 Default or named instance?
 The shared disks to select.
 The SQL Server virtual IP address.
 The subnet mask.
 The dedicated domain group for the SQL Server services and dedicated domain account to be added in admin group for running SQL server Engine and SQL Server Agent services.
 The dedicated domain accounts for each of the services if needed, to be installed (SSAS, SSIS, and/or SSRS).
 The SQL Server Collation to select mostly default.
 Windows or Mixed authentication mode
 The list of users to be the SQL Server administrator for the instance.
 The default locations for the data and log files for the user databases and tempdb and also the location for the backup directory.
 Create Domain Group with SQL Admin permissions and use that group for cluster security and management.
 MSDTC is to be installed prior to install sql server clustering with dedicated MSDTC drive and IP address.
 Cluster nodes should not be a part of domain controller.
Infrastructure Details:
 Ethernet LAN –
 Primary iSCSI LAN –
 Secondary iSCSI LAN –
 Heartbeat LAN –

 Node 1 LAN –
 Node 1 iSCSI1 –
 Node 1 iSCSI2 –
 Node 1 Heartbeat –

 SQL Node 2 LAN –
 SQL Node 2 iSCSI1 –
 SQL Node 2 iSCSI2 –
 SQL Node 2 Heartbeat –

 SQL Server:
 Authentication Mode – Mixed
 Database mode – SQL 2012 Compatible
 Management Cluster Name: SQLCLSTADMIN
 SQL Management Cluster IP –

 Virtual Cluster Name –
 Virtual Cluster IP –
 SQLCLST Cluster IP –

SQL Server Accounts Info
 Use sql Domain group
 SQL Database Engine domain group ID – Domain\sqladmin
 SQL server Agent domain group ID – Domain\sqlagent
Drive Usage :-
Data – L-Drive

Transaction Log:
Log file: P Drive
Data – N-Drive
Backup Drive:
Backup: G:\
Windows Server 2012 Validate Cluster Configuration
Word of caution: do not skip any error message that this wizard generates in the final report. Doing so would simply mean that our configuration going forward will be unsupported. We only need to run this wizard on either of the nodes.
To run the Validate Cluster Configuration Wizard:
1. Open the Failover Cluster Management console
2. Under the Management section, click the Validate a Configuration link. This will run the Validate a Configuration Wizard
Cluster Validation1
3. In the Select Servers or a Cluster dialog box, enter the host names of the nodes that you want to add as members of your cluster and click Next.

Cluster Validation2

4. In the Testing Options dialog box, click Next to run all the necessary tests to validate whether or not the nodes are OK for clustering. If this is the first time to run the wizard, we must run all the tests for validation. For succeeding runs, especially when adding hardware like disk subsystems ot network cards on your cluster nodes, we can selectively choose which tests to run as long as we have initially validated our hardware by running all tests.

Cluster Validation3

5. In the Confirmation dialog box, click next. This will run all the necessary validation tests.
In the Summary dialog box, verify that all the report returns successful.

Cluster Validation 4

Cluster Validation 5

Fail over Cluster Resource dependencies in sql server
When you install Microsoft SQL Server on a cluster as a SQL Server fail over cluster instance, a specific set of SQL Server resources that have dependencies on other resources in the cluster group are created.
Dependency Report:
Step 1: Right click on sql server  more actions Show Dependency Report


Depedency report


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