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We are trying out a Windows 2008 R2 Cluster server at the moment.

What is the correct sequence of events for shutting down a cluster for maintenance?

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You want to shut the whole cluster down? I'd suggest you take your cluster resources offline with the cluster admin snapin, then do whatever maintenance you require. But, do you really need to take the services offline for your work to go ahead? – Ben Quick Oct 4 '10 at 10:53
Exactly. For maintenance you DO NOT SHUT DOWN THE CLUSTER. You move resources freeing X servers which you maintain, in some sort of rolling maintenance. – TomTom Oct 4 '10 at 11:53
We want to shut the cluster down for maintenance to the power in the data centre. What we do not want is whilst someone is working, they break the power supply to the servers and they go down hard. Better that they are off-line for a short time. – Phil Hannent Oct 4 '10 at 12:28
In which case, yep, take your cluster resources offline then go through a normal Windows shutdown – Ben Quick Oct 4 '10 at 12:51
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take the cluster resources offline and proceed to windows shutdown. BTW, is your application cluster aware? How was the app configured: as generic service or as a registered clustrer app?

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