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Test the Failover of a Clustered Service or Application

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

You can perform a basic test to confirm that a clustered service or application can fail over successfully to another node. For information about performing a similar test for a clustered virtual machine, see Test the Failover of a Clustered Virtual Machine.

This procedure is one of the steps in the following checklists:

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To test the failover of a clustered service or application

  1. In the Failover Cluster Manager snap-in, if the cluster that you want to configure is not displayed, in the console tree, right-click Failover Cluster Manager, click Manage a Cluster, and then select or specify the cluster that you want.

  2. If the console tree is collapsed, expand the tree under the cluster that you want to configure.

  3. Expand Services and Applications, and then click the service or application for which you want to test failover.

  4. Under Actions (on the right), click Move this service or application to another node.

    As the service or application moves, the status is displayed in the results pane (center pane).

  5. Optionally, repeat step 4 to move the service or application to an additional node or back to the original node.

Additional considerations

  • You can also perform the task described in this procedure by using Windows PowerShell. For more information about using Windows PowerShell for failover clusters, see and

  • To open the failover cluster snap-in, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Failover Cluster Manager. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Yes.

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