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How to: Recover from Failover Cluster Failure in Scenario 1

In this scenario, failure is caused by hardware failure in Node 1 of a two-node cluster. This hardware failure could be caused, for example, by the failure of a disk controller or the operating system.

To recover from a failover cluster hardware failure

  1. After Node 1 fails, the SQL Server failover cluster fails over to Node 2.

  2. Evict Node 1 from Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS). To evict a node from MSCS, from Node 2, open Cluster Administrator, right-click the node you want to remove, and then click Evict Node.

  3. Verify that Node 1 has been evicted from the cluster definition.

  4. Install new hardware to replace the failed hardware in Node 1.

  5. Using the Cluster Administrator, configure Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) to add Node 1 to the existing cluster. For more information, see Before Installing Failover Clustering.

  6. Ensure that the administrator accounts are the same on all cluster nodes. For more information, see How to: Create a New SQL Server Failover Cluster (Setup).

  7. Run SQL Server Setup to add Node 1 to the failover cluster. For more information, see How to: Add or Remove Nodes in a SQL Server Failover Cluster (Setup).

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