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aspeckman
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Posted - 12/06/2013 :  13:04:48  Show Profile  Visit aspeckman's Homepage  Click to see aspeckman's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
We are having trouble with SQL Agent in a cluster, on one node it doesn't start. I have not been involved in the root-cause analysis, but I was thinking of unclustering Agent. Never done it before.

What is the impact of running agent on each node with automatic, so its running on both servers.

So, when SQL Server is running on Node 1, executing jobs, then fails over to Node 2, can't it just use the Agent service running on that server instead?

Thanks.

tkizer
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Posted - 12/06/2013 :  13:18:10  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I don't see how that would work. The SQL instance is pointing to a shared disk, that disk is only available on one node at a time. The SQL Agent's files are on that disk. So you won't be able to start the Agent on the passive node.

I would recommend opening a support case with Microsoft on this. It's probably an easy fix. You could try posting the error that's in the Event Log.

Tara Kizer
SQL Server MVP since 2007
http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/tarad/

Edited by - tkizer on 12/06/2013 13:18:34
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