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Domain controller needed for Clustering?


Domain controller needed for Clustering?

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I started on a new job and I noticed they're using 2 redundant domain controllers on the host. I asked them what it was used for and they told me it's for the SQL server clustering. Are Domain Controllers a requirement for Clustering?
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The short answer is that a cluster does indeed need to reside in a domain. Are you saying that the domain controllers reside on the SQL Server boxes? The [reside] "on the host" is what is throwing me.

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When I said host, I meant the hosting service, my apologies for not being clear.

They have 2 domain controllers and 2 separate SQL server machines. Could you please explain the need for a domain for clustering, or point me to an explanation?

Thanks!
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Having a domain is at the heart of cluster installation. You need a domain for the virtual name, for instance. See the install documentation . The very first thing it requires is a domain account:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh231721.aspx

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Got it, thank you Francis!
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