SQL SERVER – Rule Cluster Remote Access Failed During Installation on SQL Failover Clustered Instance


Not every problem might have a solution, and we must use a workaround to move forward. This blog is also related to one such error message which I observed while installing a clustered instance of SQL Server.

Here is the error in the UI

Rule “Cluster Remote Access” failed

The user running this setup must have sufficient privileges to access registry and service control manager on a remote cluster node. Administrator privileges on the remote computer are required.

I checked Detail.txt file when setup was not able to move forward.

2018-01-11 17:28:25 Slp: Initializing rule : Cluster Remote Access
2018-01-11 17:28:25 Slp: Rule applied features : ALL
2018-01-11 17:28:25 Slp: Rule is will be executed : True
2018-01-11 17:28:25 Slp: Init rule target object: Microsoft.SqlServer.Configuration.Cluster.Rules.UserCheckFacet
2018-01-11 17:28:25 Slp: Remote Access Rule : Remote access check on Machine MSSQLN1 failed: Attempted to perform an unauthorized operation.
2018-01-11 17:28:25 Slp: Rule ‘Cluster_IsUserAdmin’ detection result: CanAccessRemoteMachine =False; on Machine MSSQLN1
2018-01-11 17:28:25 Slp: Evaluating rule : Cluster_IsUserAdmin
2018-01-11 17:28:25 Slp: Rule running on machine: MSSQLN1
2018-01-11 17:28:25 Slp: Rule evaluation done : Failed
2018-01-11 17:28:25 Slp: Rule evaluation message: The user running this Setup operation must have sufficient privileges to access registry and service control manager on remote cluster node(s). Administrator privileges on the remote computer(s) is required.
2018-01-11 17:28:25 Slp: Send result to channel : RulesEngineNotificationChannel


While searching about the error on internet, I found below suggestions.

  1. Make sure the account which you are using has enough rights on the cluster – Domain account with local Admin rights on all the nodes.
  2. Make sure that WMI Service is either stopped or corrupt.
  3. Enable the remote registry service on all nodes

I have verified all of the above, and it was excellent. Finally, to save time, I used the command line to perform the installation of the cluster. Here is the command which I have used. If you carefully notice, I have used parameter value “Cluster_IsUserAdmin” from the Detail.txt file.

Setup /SkipRules= Cluster_IsUserAdmin /Action=InstallFailoverCluster

Once I used above, the rule was not checked at all and installation went fine.

Reference: Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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2 Comments. Leave new

  • Do you mean make sure that WMI neither stop or corrupted?

  • Rick Obsitnik
    August 30, 2019 8:26 pm

    I had run the command line setup command with the listed parameters and it did not skip the rule. The account I’m using is a Domain Admin account that is a member of the administrators group on each node.


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