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How to Install SqL Server 2005 SP3 on Active/Active CLuster.

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I need to upgrade SQL server 2005 SP2 to SP3 on Active/Active cluster..

Please can some one provide me the Step by Step Upgrade process Document.
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asked Dec 14 '10 at 12:06 PM in Default

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It depends.

No, seriously. What is the clustering system in use? 'cos the Symantec / Veritas cluster you'll need to go through the process on all servers individually, whereas (as I understand it), you may be able to only do one of the active servers in a MSCS environment. (You'll probably have to shut down the other active node temporarily...)

I have a clustering bloke here, and I'm trying to learn from him - when he's not too busy!
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answered Dec 15 '10 at 12:09 AM

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First of all, cluster administration is a tricky business - especially when running on anything before Windows 2008 and SQL 2008. Before doing anything: read, understand, practice, prepare (incl. backup), then implement.

I agree with Thomas that you have to be careful depending upon environment. As I understand it, you install the SP on the active node, and it takes care of the other nodes. I think you need to fail service over to one of the nodes after reading the information below.

As found in the SP3 Release Notes from Microsoft:

Installing SQL Server 2005 SP3 on a Failover Cluster Instance Note the following information before you install SP3 on a failover cluster instance:

  • Do not stop the cluster service before you run the SP3 Setup program, or while the installation program is running.

  • Do not end any running processes before you run the SP3 Setup program.

  • Do not take the SQL Server service offline before you run the SP3 Setup program. The SP3 Setup program will stop and start the SQL Server service.

  • Run the SP3 Setup program on the primary node of the failover cluster instance.

  • The SP3 Setup program might require you to restart the failover cluster nodes. This restart replaces the files that were in use during Setup.

  • Rolling upgrade is not supported for SP3.

For more information about failover cluster installation, see the ["Installing the Service Pack (Hotfix)"][1] topic in the SQL Server 2005 SP3 Setup documentation. The Setup documentation is available from the SQL Server 2005 SP3 Readme Files download page.

[1]: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=851C39EE-6F9D-47D9-8ECC-44AC1E9DC182&displaylang=en
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answered Dec 15 '10 at 12:13 AM

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So, in essence, RTFM?
Dec 15 '10 at 12:15 AM ThomasRushton ♦
That is the problem though. TFM is so small for clustered instances as to be non existant. I had to search for this info myself. I was already quite sure that the steps would be: move to one machine, install sp, finished - but wasn't too sure. We have some 2k8 clusters, they are easy as pie to look after - it helps that we have active/passive - but it is all much more grown up compared to 2k5.
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