March 2010 Tip of the Month

SQL Server 2008 Installation:  Sometimes installing a clustered instance of SQL Server 2008 on a Windows Server 2008 Cluster can be difficult to accomplish.  Establishing proper permissions for the service accounts and knowing how to perform a slipstream installation can make your installation a success.  Make sure that the Windows OS has installed properly (meaning that there were no errors during install) and that the cluster has access to all necessary resources and can fail over quickly.  After verifying the Cluster, make sure to disable the User Account Control (UAC) and grant the following permissions to the SQL Server service accounts:

  • Act as part of the operating system
  • Adjust memory quotas for a process
  • Allow log on locally
  • Allow log on through Terminal Services
  • Bypass traverse checking
  • Impersonate a client after authentication
  • Lock pages in memory
  • Log on as a batch job
  • Log on as a service
  • Perform Volume Maintenance Tasks
  • Manage auditing and security log
  • Replace a process level token

 

Perform a slipstream installation by following the steps in this KB article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955392

Take note of this KB article to further resolve installation issues with SQL Server 2008 SP1 CU6:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976899

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