Modify Failover Settings for a Clustered Service or Application

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You can adjust the failover, failback, or preferred owner settings to control the way the cluster responds when a particular application or service fails. For examples that illustrate the way the settings work, see Modifying Settings for a Clustered Service or Application.

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 Local and Domain Default Groups (

To modify failover settings for a clustered service or application

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

  4. Right-click the service or application that you want to modify failover settings for, and then click Properties.

  5. To configure failback, on the General tab, change settings for preferred owners, then click the Failover tab and choose options under Failback.

    You must configure a preferred owner if you want failback to occur (that is, if you want a particular service or application to fail back to a particular node when possible).

  6. To configure the number of times that the cluster service should attempt to restart or fail over a service or application in a given time period, click the Failover tab and specify values under Failover.

    For more information about failover settings for a clustered service or application, see Modifying Settings for a Clustered Service or Application.

Additional considerations

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

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