I've written a small application as a Windows service that does some data collection and storage in a SQL server. The application does nothing more than start up, connect to a network resource and process streamed data in the background.
I'm trying to set this up as a service within an MSCS cluster. I've installed the service on both nodes. However, whenever I try to add a 'Generic Service' resource to the cluster, I'm asked to assign a 'client access IP address' for clients to connect to the service.
Given that this service does not accept client connections (and therefore isn't a 'service' in the traditional sense), this seems a bit useless. More annoying still, I don't have many spare IP addresses in my allocated subnet, so assigning one to a service that will never use it seems a bit of a waste.
Is it possible to run this application within the MSCS environment but without having to assign it a dedicated IP?