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SQL Cluster - Multi Instance


SQL Cluster - Multi Instance

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hindle.steve (3/20/2012)
I have a SQL 2008 R2 Cluster name of say SQLCluster1 on NodeA with an instance name of Instance1 ie. SQLCluster1\Instance1. I also want to install another instance called Instance2 on NodeA/SQLCluster1 ie. SQLCluster1\Instance2.

Is this possible?

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Steve

No, each clustered instance requires a virtual network name that is unique in the domain and should conform to standard Windows network name standards, including number of chars and excluded chars.

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Can a single computer be part of multiple clusters?
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Kaushal.M (2/26/2013)
Can a single computer be part of multiple clusters?

No, a computer can be a member of only one cluster

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I tried to do this (adding SQLName\Instance2 to existing SQLName\Instance1) today (SQL 2008 SP3 cluster) and confirmed it would NOT work @@
I was hoping it would work so I can consolidate multiple old SQL cluster instance names onto new clusters using DNS Alias to re-direct the SQLName part
e.g.
SQL1\I1
SQL2\I2
>> merge into >> SQLNew\I1, and SQLNew\I2 (so a 2-to-1, or N-to-1 merge)


guess the only way to have multiple named instances is a stand-alone server
SQLName\Instance1
SQLName\Instance2
SQLName\Instance3 ...

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SQL Clusters require a unique virtual name for each instance so you cannot do:

SQLName\Instance1
SQLName\Instance2
SQLName\Instance3

You must do:
SQLName1\Instance1
SQLName2\Instance2
SQLName3\Instance3

I believe this is because the virtual name/IP can only be active on a single node at a time and therefor if you have 3 instances each could be active on a different node.

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Also once you have installed an instance name as a clustered instance you cannot install a stand alone instance of the same name into any node in the cluster, whether the clustered instance is installed there or not!

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