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Initiate a resource failure

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To initiate a resource failure

  1. Open Cluster Administrator.

  2. In the console tree, click the Groups folder, and then click the group that contains the resource to fail.

  3. In the details pane, click the resource you want.

  4. On the File menu, click Initiate Failure.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To open Cluster Administrator, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Cluster Administrator.

  • When a resource fails, it automatically restarts if a restart policy is defined for it.

  • If a resource fails repeatedly, the entire group to which the resource belongs can fail over, depending on the failover policy defined for the group.

  • This command is useful for testing the restart and failover policies of the resource and group.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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