Cluster service verification Failed error

While installing SQL 2008 R2 database server on a failover cluster, the Setup Support Rules identifies problem that might occur when you install SQL Server Setup support files. Any failures must be corrected before setup can continue.
The following rules may fail when you install SQL 2008 R2 database server on a Windows 2012 failover cluster.
Cluster service verification…. Failed
Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS) cluster verification errors…. Failed


How to fix this?
Install Failover Cluster automation Server feature on all the cluster nodes and rerun the SQL database setup wizard.

To install Failover Cluster automation Server feature, Open Server Manager and then click on Manage and select Add Roles and Features.


Follow the wizard and from Features page, drill down Remote Server Administration Tools – Feature Administration Tools – Failover Clustering Tools and select Failover Cluster automation Server.

Hope this bit of information is helpful for someone to resolve their problem.


About Jayachandran PK
My passion is for Microsoft technologies and how if properly implemented, they can provide actual value for an organization especially in the field of infrastructure, virtualization and system monitoring. I work for the biggest Microsoft partner in Kuwait, specialized in project consultation and implementation services for enterprise clients. When I'm not at work, I try to contribute back through a charitable organization dedicated to prompting cultural values of Kerala. In my free time, I dabble in gardening and am also an avid solar power aficionado.

12 Responses to Cluster service verification Failed error

  1. Paul Bentley says:

    This is exactly what I was suffering from on a recent VMWare/Windows 2012 Server/MS Cluster/SQL 2008 R2 deployment and you’ve given me the answer which solved my problems!

    Thanks so much Jay.

    • Aloysio Coutinho says:

      Hey guy, good tip.
      This was the only tip that realy solved this issue.
      Helped much.
      Thank you very much.

  2. JoeM says:

    You Rock , thank you very much ! I had Failover Cluster Automation Server installed on one node and not on the other one (for some unknown reason) and it would not pass the SQL test eventhough the Windows Cluster Verification test passed without any problem . Very frustrating to troubleshoot because the Windows Failover Cluster is working fine. I spent a lot of time trying the other proposed solutions out there like using procmon to identify the xml file etc.

  3. JRyan says:

    Exactly what I was missing. Thank you!

  4. deepak jain says:

    thank you soooooo much man…… 🙂

  5. roy says:

    I was working two days to find this issue and search every whare. This solve my problem. You are my God. Thank you very much

  6. Awesome! Thanks a lot! Exactly what I needed…

  7. edanstarfire says:

    Wow. I’m glad I found this after 30 mins… two days is not in my cluster ramp-up timeframe. Thank you very much!

  8. Nikash says:

    Hi ! I am facing the same issue on Window 2008 server and Sql Server 2008R2 .We are trying to search ,Administration Tools – Failover Clustering Tools and select Failover Cluster automation Server.But did not find. Could you please help me to solve it ?

    • Failover Cluster automation server feature is available in Windows server 2012.
      For server 2008 R2, Run the cluster validation one more time for windows cluster. If it gives all successful, then you can skip the cluster validation during SQL setup. You may follow the command line installation to skip the cluster validation at SQL setup.
      Setup /SkipRules=Cluster_VerifyForErrors /Action=InstallFailoverCluster
      Setup /SkipRules=Cluster_VerifyForErrors /Action=CompleteFailoverCluster
      Setup /SkipRules=Cluster_VerifyForErrors /Action=AddNode
      Reference link:

  9. posarao says:

    recently i was resolved this kind of issue , while installing SQL 2008 cluster on Windows 2012 i go this Cluster service failed error.

    You can fix this issue by running this Command on poweshell

    (add-windowsfeature RSAT-Clustering-AutomationServer)

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