Applying service packs (Hotfixes) to SQL Server Cluster 2008R2

When an instance of SQL Server is configured for HA like Cluster, then it is important to install service packs (hot fixes) in proper sequence.

Installing Service Pack SQL Server 2008/R2 in failover cluster is very different than the SQL Server 2005 cluster failover.

With SQL Server 2005,  install service pack (or hotfix) on the active node and the Setup will launch simultaneously  “remote silence” on all passive nodes. All nodes in the cluster containing the SQL Server instance are updated in the same time.

With SQL Server 2008, to reduce the downtime, the method of deployment is changed.

Below is the sequence to apply Service Pack, Cumulative Update or Hotfix in SQL Server 2008/R2 Cluster (2 Node Active/Passive :

1.  Apply the hotfix on pasive node (Node 2)
2.  Reboot the passive node (Node 2)
3.  Failover SQL resources from Node 1 to Node 2. This will make Node 2 Active and Node 1 Passive.
4.  Apply the hotfix on now passive node (i.e Node 1)
5.  Reboot the passive node Node 1.


Below are the screenshots for reference:

Download the Service Pack 1 and run the .exe (Node 2– Passive Node)


Click Next to Proceed





Accept licence terms and click Next


Make sure the SQL instance which needs to the patched is selected and click Next


Click Next, once files in Use completes.



Click Update to upgrade Service pack.





Once finished, Click close.



This complete the step 1.  Now reboot the currently patched node and then failover SQL resources to Node 2 from Node 1.

Repeat the same process of applying patch, on Node 1 now.  Once finished, take reboot of Node1 and check the status.

This completes the task of applying Service pack on SQL Cluster 2008/R2.


Hope this was helpful.

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1 Comment

  1. sowmya.s

     /  August 18, 2014

    Good,very Informative.


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