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Article ID: 302491 - Last Review: January 16, 2015 - Revision: 5.0

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During the installation of a SQL Server 2000 virtual server in a clustered environment, if some of the resources have special characters in their name, the installation may fail with the following error message:
Setup failed to perform required operations on the cluster nodes.


The error message occurs if any of the cluster resources have special characters, like the following, in their names:
  • >
  • <
  • "
  • '
  • &
  • (, )
  • +
  • Characters with a dieresis, a tilde, or a space character.


To work around this problem, follow these steps:
  • Change the name of the resources.
  • Use uppercase letters.
  • Avoid using special characters.
  • Avoid using spaces in the names of the cluster resources (network connections, group names, network adapters, and more, for example).
  • Use all uppercase or all lowercase letters for the network connections.
  • Avoid using the same name for the SQL Server groups and the SQL Server virtual network names.
Note Review the Sqlstp#.log files to check and see what resource is causing the error.

More information

Review the following files for more detail.

19:18:32 [DlgVirtServer]
19:18:32 Result = 1
19:18:32 VirtServerName = SQLVirtualName
19:18:32 IpAddresses = X.X.X.X,, LAN (Local Area Network)
Because the name contains parenthesis and spaces, change the name of the public network connection to LAN or PUBLIC to avoid the problem:
19:18:32 ShowDlgVirtualServer returned: -1
19:18:32 ShowDlgVirtualServer: GetLastError returned: 87
19:18:32 The parameter is incorrect.

1.cmdlineformat=%s k=ClSec k=Rm k=Cl -SMS -s -f 
"\\NODE1\E$\CDSQL~1\x86\setup\setup.ins" -f1 %s -f2 "\\NODE2\admin$\setup.log" -e "stpsilnt._ex"  -x "C:\"
19:18:30 Setup is performing required operations on cluster nodes.  This may take a few minutes...
19:18:30  C:\WINNT\TEMP\SqlSetup\Bin\remsetup.exe C:\WINNT\remsetup.ini
19:19:25 Process Exit Code: (2) The system cannot find the file specified.

19:19:25 Begin Action : GetRemsetupRetCode
19:19:25 Installation return status on NODE1 : 2
19:19:25 Installation return status on NODE2 : 2
19:19:25 End Action : GetRemsetupRetCode
#### SQL Server Remote Setup - Start Time MM/DD/YY HH:MM:SS ####

Applies to
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Developer Edition
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