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Posted Monday, March 19, 2012 10:08 PM
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Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:48 AM
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In this case, the only difference is that after performing the upgrade, the setup process automatically fails over the resources to another node.

Doesn't the setup automatically fail over the resources before the upgrade?


That was the case on my environment, so if that’s the case on yours too it’s time to install the service pack for SQL 2008.

It's a good idea to slipstream the SPs into the main installation, so that you don't need to install them separately.
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Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 6:12 AM
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Wouldn't have been quicker to slipstream the service pack and performing both the upgrade and the service pack at the same time?

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/petersad/archive/2009/02/25/sql-server-2008-creating-a-merged-slisptream-drop.aspx
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Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7:04 AM
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That is completely true, it would have been quicker if I slipstream the service pack into the installation files. I didn't face it that way because not all companies follow the same patch level rules and procedures, so I wanted to separate the process into Upgrade and the Update.

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Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 9:01 AM
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Thank you for sharing Alejandro.
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Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:32 AM
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At this point, all passive nodes has the service pack installed and it’s time to perform the update on the active node (serverA), so connect to it and perform the installation of the service pack. The process won’t be different at all as the one on the other nodes as we’ll update one instance at the time. Once the three instances were updated, the SQL Instances 1, 2 and 3 are at the same patch level on all nodes.

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Did you fail over to another server first before upgrading the final server?


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Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:43 AM
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Hi Eric,
No, I didn't fail over the resources on the last server. That will be handled by the service pack installation process as it will failover automatically the instances, so there's no need to do it manually.

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