How to test node failover in Windows 2008 R2 Failover Cluster?


  • Can anyone give me advice on how to properly test a node failure with a 2 mode Failover Cluster in Windows 2008 R2?
    Thursday, December 19, 2013 5:37 PM


  • To test the failover of a clustered service or application         

    1. In the Failover Cluster Manager snap-in, if the cluster that you want to configure is not displayed, in the console tree, right-click Failover Cluster Manager, click Manage a Cluster, and then select or specify the cluster that you want.

    2. If the console tree is collapsed, expand the tree under the cluster that you want to configure.

    3. Expand Services and Applications, and then click the service or application for which you want to test failover.

    4. Under Actions (on the right), click Move this service or application to another node.

      As the service or application moves, the status is displayed in the results pane (center pane).

    5. Optionally, repeat step 4 to move the service or application to an additional node or back to the original node.

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    Housam Smadi

    • Proposed as answer by Alex LvModerator Wednesday, December 25, 2013 3:28 AM
    • Marked as answer by HawaiiKai Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:26 AM
    Thursday, December 19, 2013 6:19 PM

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