August 9 2010

Installing SQL Server 2005 on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Cluster fails

We had an interesting problem on a recent project where SQL Server 2005 wouldn’t install on a Windows 2008 R2 failover cluster.
The cluster validates properly however when installing SQL Server 2005, the install  threw an “User has cancelled the installation” error.  The logs showed that communications to the remote node were failing:

Waiting for actions from remote setup(s)
Breaking wait state and aborting package due to cancel code received: 1602
Remote setup(s) are ready
Notify package action is determined: 1602
Error Code: 0x800700e9 (233)
Windows Error Text: No process is on the other end of the pipe.

The fix is outlined below:

  1. Make sure the task scheduler service is running on the remote cluster node. If the task scheduler service is a cluster resource, fail that resource over to the remote node.
  2. Open regedit and go to HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetControlLSA and change the “disabledomaincreds” from 1 to 0 on all clusters nodes, then reboot all nodes.


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