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Destroying a Windows Cluster

I haven’t posted for a while but thought I’d dust off the blog and get a post out. I have a pipeline of blogs from David and Ian waiting to be scheduled and they should be out before Christmas.

Warning – Do not do this on your production boxes

I have been doing some work, first with CTP3 and now RC0 and Availability Groups. For those of you that don’t know you need a windows cluster configured to use AlwaysOn Availability Groups. I wanted to remove the cluster from my virtual nodes…so I could rebuild it. That’s a long story. I thought, before I started that removing the cluster would be difficult. As it turns out it is very simple in Windows 2008R2.

To destroy you cluster from Failover Cluster Manager right-click the name of your Windows cluster, scroll down to other tasks and select <Destroy Cluster> You get a warning which, if you accept then goes away and removes the cluster from all nodes in your cluster…Its gone!

As I said don’t do this on your production boxes but if you ever want remove clustering from your Windows environment then it can be quite simple to do so.


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