Setup failed to start on the remote machine. Check the Task scheduler event log on the remote machine.

Setup failed to start on the remote machine. Check the Task scheduler event log on the remote machine.

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When you run the SQL Server 2005 setup on a Windows cluster (i.e. installing or uninstalling SQL Server), you might get an error message:

Setup failed to start on the remote machine. Check the Task scheduler event log on the remote machine.

I have experienced this error message running SQL Server 2005 cluster setup on a Windows Server 2003 R2 cluster (yes, I know it’s old, I was uninstalling SQL Server 🙂

Solution:
If you get this error make sure that:

  • The “Task Scheduler” Windows service is running on all cluster nodes.
  • You are not logged in remotely on any of the cluster nodes except from the one on which you are running the SQL Server cluster setup.

After you ensure the above, you can re-run the setup and try again.

P.S.: Note that extended support for SQL Server 2005 ended on April 12, 2016. As of that, you are interested in installing or upgrading SQL Server, consider using SQL Server 2014 or SQL Server 2016 and take advantage of all those amazing benefits and performance improvements they offer.

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