Install Client Tools on SQL Server Cluster

Recently I was approached and asked if there was an easy way to install client tools on SQL Server cluster. There is an easy way without ripping out and reinstalling the entire cluster. Also before we proceed further note the Database Engine and Analysis Services components are the only SQL Server 2014 features that support failover clustering. You can install other components, like Reporting Services or Integration Services, on a failover cluster node, but they are not cluster-aware

Feature Selection has 2 main sections as per BOL

  • Instance Features – refers to the components that are installed once for each instance so that you have multiple copies of them (one for each instance). Each instance can be a separate version that has a different patch level. When you install a patch, whether it is a service pack, a hotfix, or a cumulative update, it updates only the files for one instance on a given machine, plus the shared features if they have not already been updated.
  • Shared Features – refers to features that are common across all instances on a given machine. Each of these shared features is designed to be backward compatible with supported SQL Server versions (service packs, cumulative updates, and hotfixes) that can install side by side.

Here is a recap of different features in SQL 2014:


Instance Features

Instance Features

Shared Features

Shared Features

Steps to Install Client Tools on SQL Server Cluster

  • If the SQL Server client tools are installed during setup on first node of the SQL Server cluster, they are automatically added to any nodes that may be added later to the instance of SQL Server using Add Node.
  • If you do not install the SQL Server client tools during the initial installation of the SQL Server cluster, you can install using the below procedure
  1. Run the Setup.exe from the SQL media or from the network shared folder.
  2. On the Installation page –> select New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add Features to an existing installation. (NOTE: Do not click New SQL Server failover cluster installation)
  3. On the Installation Type –>  select Perform a new installation of SQL Server 2014
  4. On the Feature Selection page select the tools that you would like to install and wrap up the installation.

I have tried the above method on SQL 08/R2/2012/2014

If you love using command prompt you can knock your self via the following procedure:

  • On the command prompt
Setup.exe/q/Action=Install /Features=Tools
  • To install the basic SQL Management tools  run the following:
Setup.exe/q/Action=Install Features=SSMS
  • To install the complete SQL Management tools  run the following:
Setup.exe/q/Action=Install /Features=ADV_SSMS

If you need more information on different parameters to install SQL 2014 via cmd click here

~ Adios


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About Arsalan Khan

People know me as 'Khan' ... nope not Shah Rukh's movie but Star Trek II - Wrath of Khan and since than 'Khan' it has been. Born and raised in Dubai before moving to US for my masters. Been blessed with solid 8+ yrs with SQL (and counting) and currently working for the biggest publishing house as Sr. Database Administrator. I have had an opportunity to speak about tips & tricks to write efficient tsql for Quest International Users Group (PeopleSoft). Love playing TT, badminton and thoroughly enjoy watching cricket when not occupied with my loving daughter. Expertise in DR, Performance Tuning, Troubleshooting and Problem Solving. With that being said I have finally decided to roll my sleeves up and give back to the community bit by bit. Finally.. as my wonderful wife puts it ... "if you don't have a smile, I will give you one of mine ~ Rabia Khan" ~Cheers

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