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I'm new to SQL Server 2008 R2 cluster. I just created a test environment now I need to shut it down. I know SQL Server cluster is a high availability solution so there is seldom mentioned that how to do this. Are there anything special to shut down a SQL Server cluster?


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Do it through cluster administrator. The reason for this is that if you just shut down the service on a given node, the cluster will detect that and bring it up on another node in the cluster. You'll typically want to control if/when that happens, which is why you do it through cluster admin.

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