Error (The cluster node already exists) may appear during cluster setup
This article provides a solution to the error (The cluster node already exists) that occurs during cluster setup.
Applies to: Windows Server 2003
Original KB number: 555216
During create new cluster via Cluster Administrator or cluster.exe command line, the following error may appear:
The cluster node already exists
If the current server is member of exiting cluster, or/and the current resource (most often quorum disk) is available.
The resolution process depends on the current status of the cluster member:
If the current server should belong to exiting cluster, verity that quorum disk in online and all cluster resource available for regular use. The server should not be used as a new cluster member.
If the current shouldn't belong to exiting cluster or/and the cluster configuration cannot be restored or be fixed, follow the following instructions:
The following process is irreversible, and may require reinstall the cluster.
- Go to Start > Run.
- Write Cmd and press on Enter button.
cluster node nodename /forcecleanupand press Enter.
- The message should be appear after a few seconds: Clean up successfully completed.
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