No remote connection to the other node(s) during Sql server cluster install

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.

OK Button

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.

6 responses to “No remote connection to the other node(s) during Sql server cluster install”

  1. I wish I could have found this blog two days ago!


  2. You are welcome Troy.

    Clustering can be very touchy-feely. If you guys need it, I’d be very happy to offer my help.

  3. thank you,but I m trying that,then it doesnot work. i check all the prerequist, seems that i never miss them.i wonder what i could do.

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