I have done a number of Sql Server cluster installs on a variety of platforms: 32-bit Sql Server 2000 on Windows 2000 and Windows 2003, 32-bit and 64-bit Sql Server 2005 on Windows 2003, both on AMD and Intel hardware. So I feel I am pretty experienced.
Recently I did an install of Sql Server 2005 64-bit cluster on Windows 2003. After picking the right components, entering public IP address for database cluster, filling in service account and a domain group, all that stuff, I commanded the installer to do its magic and expected everything to go smoothly.
And I got this message:
Setup failed to start on the remote machine. Check the Task scheduler event log on the remote machine.
Hmmm, I never saw this before. And the install proceeded to fail.
It turned out that I had a remote desktop connection to the other node. Some research revealed that during install, there can be no remote desktop connection to other nodes. Once that connection was cut, I restarted the install, and all was well.
Hope this will be helpful to somebody.