FIX: Cluster upgrade to SQL Server 2008 fails when SQL Server 2005 cluster nodes have different installed features

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Article ID: 955949 - View products that this article applies to.
Bug #: 50003411 (SQL Hotfix)

Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2008 fixes as one downloadable file. Because the fixes are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 fix release.
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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • You install a clustered instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 in a cluster environment.
  • On one node of the cluster, you add a feature of SQL Server 2005. For example, you add Reporting Services or Analysis Services on the node.
  • You do not add the feature on all the cluster nodes that host the instance.
In this scenario, when you try to upgrade the clustered instance of SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008, you receive the following error message:
The SQL Server instance 'InstanceName' which was already upgraded on machine 'ComputerName' has an Instance ID 'InstanceID' that is different than the specified Instance ID 'InstanceID'. Specifying more than one Instance ID for the nodes of clustered SQL Server instance is not supported. Correct this by providing the same Instance ID as on the upgraded node.

CAUSE

The Setup program tries to make sure that the features on all the nodes have the same instance ID. However, across the nodes, the Setup program interprets the instance ID for the installed feature as different from the instance ID for the missing feature.

RESOLUTION

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 1. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
956717 Cumulative update package 1 for SQL Server 2008
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 fix release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
956909 The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 was released

WORKAROUND

To work around this issue, remove the mismatched features of SQL Server 2005 that are installed in the cluster environment. Then, run the Setup program again to upgrade the clustered instance of SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about what files are changed, and for information about any prerequisites to apply the cumulative update package that contains the hotfix that is described in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
956717 Cumulative update package 1 for SQL Server 2008

REFERENCES

For more information about the list of builds that are available after the release of SQL Server 2008, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
956909 The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 was released
For more information about the Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935897 An Incremental Servicing Model is available from the SQL Server team to deliver hotfixes for reported problems
For more information about the naming schema for SQL Server updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
822499 New naming schema for Microsoft SQL Server software update packages
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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Article ID: 955949 - Last Review: March 19, 2009 - Revision: 3.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
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