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While executing the SQL 7.0 Failover Cluster Wizard, you receive the following error:
The SQL Server binaries could not be updated. Please close allapplications including SQL Manager and the Control Panel on bothnodes before pressing 'retry'.
Make sure that you close the SQL Service Manager from the icon tray on both systems. To close the Service Manager, right-click on the green triangle (or the red square if stopped) in the icon tray next to the clock, and thenclick Close.
Once the SQL Service Manager is closed, you can click <Retry> in the error message dialog box.
When SQL 7.0 installs it automatically puts the SQL Service Manager in the Startup group. So, each time you logon the system that SQL application starts.
Be sure only the minimum services are running as outlined in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
219264 INF: Order of Installation for SQL Server 7.0 Clustering Setup
and that you are logged on the server with a user account, which has the following rights and is part of the Local Administrators group: