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Unattended installation on clustered servers

I was given a task to research about unnattended installation of sql server on clustered servers.
Did anyone had experience with that kind of installtion?
Any info given will be welcomed… Thanks,
I spend much of last week doing a test 2005 cluster install using the command line (unattended). It’s quite different to 2000 (not that I used it on clusters). You do not require an ini file anymore. It’s all done from command line parameters. Books online is unfortuntaly not complete on this subject (though I hear MS are releasing a refresh in Decemeber which may fix this). Instead of books online use the template.ini file on your install CD for examples and documentation of all the parameters. My install went very well. Though I got caught on on the first install because Full text and DTS (SSIS) was not installed by default. However I was able to add these components from the command later myself. I also performed a uninstall which out any problems. So a thumbs up from me for the 2005 installer. Though get this for wierd: The installer uses a scheduled task on the passive node to perform the install!!! Very strange – but it works. Simon
I don’t see any difference in unattended installation under cluster, for unattended installations on a cluster, you can use the same syntax like in a noncluster scenario. For example, if you have a named instance in a cluster named HELLOInst1, where HELLO is the Virtual Server name, the syntax is similar to: start /wait 8.00.0701_enu.exe /q instancename=inst1 KBAhttp://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;312584 for reference on the error you might get. Satya SKJ
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Thanks for the replies
But it looks like you can’t run an unattended cluster installation of SQL server 2000
There is a note here about that (I didn’t see it the first time I read that article):
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/instsql/in_runsetup_8ege.asp Anyways, SQL Server 2005 support unattended cluster inatallation and I’m testing it with Virtual Server 2005…
Should be fine…