Use Validation Tests for Troubleshooting a Failover Cluster

Updated: September 7, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

The Validate a Configuration Wizard can be useful when troubleshooting a failover cluster. By running tests related to the symptoms you see, you can learn more about what to do to correct the issue.

If a clustered service or application is using a disk when you start the wizard, the wizard will prompt you about whether to take that clustered service or application offline for the purposes of testing. If you choose to take a clustered service or application offline, it will remain offline until the tests finish.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To use validation tests for troubleshooting a failover cluster

  1. Decide whether you want to run all or only some of the available validation tests. You can select or clear the following tests individually or by category:

  2. In the Failover Cluster Management snap-in, in the console tree, make sure Failover Cluster Management is selected. Then under Management, click Validate a Configuration.

  3. Follow the instructions in the wizard to specify the servers and the tests, run the tests, and view the results.

Additional considerations

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

  • To view the results of the tests after you close the wizard, choose one of the following:

    • Open the folder systemroot\Cluster\Reports (on a clustered server).

    • In the console tree, right-click the cluster, and then click View Validation Report. This displays the most recent validation report for that cluster.

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