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Always on cluster configuration

    Question

  • I want to deploy Always on between 2 servers that are currently not clustered and are far from each other (different countries).

    I was told that it is enough just to set the windows feature "Failover cluster" on, and then I can set the always on (after upgrading to 2012)

    is this enough, or do I have to set the 3 servers involved in the always on to be cluster?

    Sunday, November 10, 2013 10:35 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    To deploy Always on between 2 servers, both the servers have to be a member of windows cluster. Just setting on the "Failover Cluster" feature does not create a windows cluster. More over the two servers you are mentioing here are at two different geographical location. So you will need to create a Multi-Site windows cluster.

    For implementing Multi-Site windows clustering you will also have to enable the MSMQ feature.


    Thanks and Regards Alankar Chakravorty MCITP Database Administrator SQL Server 2008 MCITP Database Administrator SQL Server 2005

    Sunday, November 10, 2013 11:32 PM
  • Hello,

    Just to clarify what Alankar has said, the servers have to be members of the *SAME* windows cluster.

    -Sean


    Sean Gallardy | Blog | Twitter

    Monday, November 11, 2013 12:01 AM
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All replies

  • Hi,

    To deploy Always on between 2 servers, both the servers have to be a member of windows cluster. Just setting on the "Failover Cluster" feature does not create a windows cluster. More over the two servers you are mentioing here are at two different geographical location. So you will need to create a Multi-Site windows cluster.

    For implementing Multi-Site windows clustering you will also have to enable the MSMQ feature.


    Thanks and Regards Alankar Chakravorty MCITP Database Administrator SQL Server 2008 MCITP Database Administrator SQL Server 2005

    Sunday, November 10, 2013 11:32 PM
  • Hello,

    Just to clarify what Alankar has said, the servers have to be members of the *SAME* windows cluster.

    -Sean


    Sean Gallardy | Blog | Twitter

    Monday, November 11, 2013 12:01 AM
    Answerer