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Migrate Resource Groups to a Failover Cluster Running Windows Server 2008 R2

Updated: February 4, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use a wizard to migrate the settings of many types of resource groups (clustered services and applications) to a cluster running Windows Server 2008 R2. The wizard supports migrations from clusters running Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2.

ImportantImportant
For information about which resource groups can be migrated by using the wizard and how to perform migrations not supported by the wizard, see Migration Paths for Migrating to a Failover Cluster Running Windows Server 2008 R2 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=182156).

Before you start the wizard, be sure that you know the name or IP Address of the cluster or cluster node from which you want to migrate resource groups.

CautionCaution
If new storage is used, you must handle all copying or moving of data or folders on your shared volumes during a migration. The wizard for migrating clustered resource groups does not copy data from one location to another.

Membership in the local Administrators group on each clustered server, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Also, the account you use must be a domain account. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477.

To migrate resource groups to a failover cluster running Windows Server 2008 R2
  1. On the cluster running Windows Server 2008 R2, open the failover cluster snap-in.

  2. If the cluster to which you want to migrate is not displayed, in the console tree, right-click Failover Cluster Manager, click Manage a Cluster, and then select or specify the cluster that you want.

  3. Under Configure, click Migrate Services and Applications.

  4. Read the first page of the Migrate a Cluster Wizard, and then click Next.

  5. Specify the name or IP Address of the cluster or cluster node from which you want to migrate resource groups, and then click Next.

  6. Click View Report. Read the report, which explains whether each resource is eligible for migration.

    The wizard also provides a report after it finishes, describing any additional steps that might be needed before you bring the migrated resource groups online.

  7. Follow the instructions in the wizard to complete the following:

    • Choose the resource group or groups whose settings you want to migrate.

      Some types of resource groups are eligible for migration and some are not. For more information, see Migration Paths for Migrating to a Failover Cluster Running Windows Server 2008 R2 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=182156).

    • Specify whether the resource groups to be migrated will use new storage, or the same storage used in the old cluster. If the resource groups will use new storage, you can specify the disk that each resource group should use after migration. Note that if new storage is used, you must handle all copying or moving of data or folders—the wizard does not copy data from one location to another.

  8. After the wizard runs and the Summary page appears, click View Report. This report contains important information about any additional steps that might be needed before you bring the migrated resource groups online.

Additional considerations

  • To open the failover cluster snap-in, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Failover Cluster Manager. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Yes.

  • For information about modifying the settings of a service or application after migration, see Modifying the Settings for a Clustered Service or Application.

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