To help in visualizing exactly what effect a SQL Server failure and subsequent failover may have on an end-user application, we’ll go ahead and install a small test database on this SQL Server failover cluster called
CompSales2014. (See the Introduction chapter for information on how to download and install the
CompSales2014 sample database.) This shouldn’t take you more than about 10 minutes to do. Use SSMS to do this install but start by connecting to the virtual SQL Server (
SQLProdFCI in our example) that we just created (as shown in Figure 44.21).