SolarWinds - Installing SolarWinds Failover Engine on Windows Server 2008 R2 with Different Boot Partition Types



This Knowledge base article provides information about installing SolarWinds Failover Engine on Windows Server 2008 R2 with different disk partitions (GPT vs. MBR).

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When installing Windows Server 2008 R2, by default Windows Server 2008 R2 uses the GUID Partition Table (GPT) on Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) hardware or Master Boot Record (MBR) partitions when legacy BIOS is present.

SolarWinds Failover Engine requires that both the Primary and Secondary server's boot partitions be identical prior to installing SolarWinds Failover Engine. Both the Primary and Secondary servers boot partitions must be either GPT or MBR and cannot be mismatched (Primary GPT and Secondary MBR or Primary MBR and Secondary GPT).

SolarWinds recommends checking the partition type on both the Primary and Secondary server before installing SolarWinds Failover Engine using the following procedure:

  1. Open a command prompt.
  2. Type c:\diskpart
  3. At the DISKPART> prompt type list disk
  4. Review the partition type.

If partition types are different between the Primary and Secondary server, contact SolarWinds Support for assistance.

Applies To

SolarWinds Failover Engine on Windows Server 2008 R2

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