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FAQ 000108 - DAG creation fails with error - Failed to add or remove the Failover-Clustering feature PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dejan Foro   
May 24, 2013 at 04:49 PM

This article applies to:

Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Standard

Exchange 2010 SP3

 

PROBLEM

You attempt to create a Database Availability Group (DAG) in Exchange 2010 and the wizard fails with the following error message:

Error:

A database availability group administrative operation failed. Error: Failed to add or remove the Failover-Clustering feature. Error: ArgumentNotValid: invalid role, role service or feature: 'Failover-Clustering;. The name was not found

 

CAUSE

This happens if you attempt to create a DAG on Exchange server that is installed on Windows Server 2008 Standard.

Althought the DAG high availability functionality is available in Exchange 2010 Standard, the underlying Windows operationg system stll has to be Enterprise or Datacenter edition (as the standard Windows edition does not have the needed clustering functionality)

 

SOLUTION

Upgrade you Windows Server Standard installation to Enterprise or Datacenter Edition

 

Due to fact that all Winows Server 2008 Editions share the same code base, you can easily convert your existing installation via the built in Deployment Image Servicing Management utility (DISM) 

 

Start/ All Programs / Accessories. Right click the Command Prompt and select Run As Administrator 

 

To convert you  Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard to Enterprise

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerEnterprise /ProductKey:489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y

 

To convert you  Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard to Datacenter

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:74YFP-3QFB3-KQT8W-PMXWJ-7M648

 

The keys given are the KMS client keys and can only be used for conversion. After the conversion is complete you will need a regular product key to activate the Windows Server product.

 

 

Last Updated ( May 24, 2013 at 02:35 PM )
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