Install SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 in a SQL cluster

In our quest to deliver a secured SQL Server 2008 R2 cluster solution, I will continue from my last post Part3 with the installation of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1. Please note that when installing SQL server 2008 service pack in a cluster, this needs to be installed on the Passive node at any point in time. If this is installed on the Active node, then SQL will require a reboot thereby defeating the purpose of clustering.

Requirements:

Download SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1

– Identify the Passive node

Setup Guide:

1. Identify the Passive node

– Log onto any of the SQL nodes -> Open command prompt -> Type ‘Cluster Group” and Enter.

Note: If the cluster groups are hosted between the two nodes, you need to run the command “cluster group “” /move” where is the name of each cluster group e.g cluster group “Available Storage” /move to move the group named Available Storage to the second node.

– Type the command “cluster resource” and ensure all resources are online and owned by only one of the nodes.

 At this point our Passive node is the server currently NOT hosting any of the cluster resources

2. Install SP1 on Passive node

– Double-click the SQL SP1 setup -> Wait for the system to extract the setup files

– On SQL Server 2008 R2 update -> click Show details -> Ensure that there are no warnings -> click Next

– Accept the License Terms -> click Next

– On Select Features page -> Select the Instance to be updated -> click Next

– The SQL checker will check for files currently locked -> click Next when check is completed

– You are now ready to update SQL -> click Update

– Monitor the Update Progress while SQL updates the selected instance

– After Update is completed -> click Close

At this stage, we need to apply the SQL service pack on the second node which is currently holding all the cluster resources. The next action is to failover all the cluster groups to the passive node which we just updated with SP1 using the commands shown below:

cluster group “Cluster Group” /move

cluster group “Available Storage” /move

cluster group “SQL Server (INST01)” /move

cluster group “SYS01MSDTC” /move

When all groups have been moved over to the other node and you have verified all the resources using the command ‘cluster res‘, follow the above steps to install the service pack on the second node which is now the passive node so both servers are running the same service pack. When the second node had been updated, test the failover several times using the above commands to ensure that your failover clustering is working as expected.

Next Step:

– SQL Server 2008 R2 Post Configuration Guide, SQL Optimization and SQL Best Practice (Click Here)

 
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