This was another interesting situation where client reported that their SQL Server Cluster resource, sometimes, fail to come online when they perform failover of SQL Server from one node to another. In this blog, we would learn how to fix ” SQL Server resource not coming to an online state ” issue.
In the current era where companies’ mergers and take over is a common phenomenon, it is possible to run into a situation where there are two domains which are connected but not trusted. I was engaged in consulting for a client who had a similar merger in the past. The reporting application was in a different domain and they wanted data to be synchronized in SQL Server database on parent domain. Essentially, they had two windows clusters and they want to have one AG across them. The only solution which came to my mind was Distributed Availability Group in SQL Server. To make things little more complicated, they did not want to use certificates to configure this setup. As per them, certificates will add an overhead of maintenance. Here is the oversimplified diagram of their deployment.
SQL SERVER – Unable to Add Node – Could not find subkey System \ CurrentControlSet \ Services \ MSSQLFDLauncher. Error code 0x851B0001
After a bit of testing on my lab server, I was able to reproduce the issue! We will not see a feature listed on the Features Page if the respective MSI file is missing from the Setup Media. Full-Text Search using the MSI called sql_fulltext.msi and is present in the setup path MediaRoot\x64\Setup. I was not able to see the sql_fulltext.msi file in the client’s setup media. I was suspecting other files to be missing too so we extracted a fresh copy of the setup media (from new downloaded ISO) and then ran the “New Failover Cluster” setup. This time, we were able to see Full-Text Search option. Let us learn how to fix the error related to unable to add node.