You would simply configure the updating schedule and let CAU update the cluster 2.Remote-Updating: CAU can run on a standalone Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 computer that is not a cluster node.
Look at the following screen shot for how to install it from Server Manager on that computer: Alternatively, you can also install CAU tools via PS cmdlet option.
See this screen shot below: As you can see I am installing the “RSAT-Clustering” Windows Feature, which installs the “Cluster Aware Updating” PS module.
See the first item under “Tools” menu in the screen shot. Configure self-updating on the desired failover cluster You can configure self-updating for a cluster either via the CAU GUI application, or through CAU PS cmdlets.
Let us look at the GUI approach first, so you can be familiar with the cmdlet options for usage later in the blog post.
This is the action you choose to start the self-updating configuration process for your failover cluster.
Once you click on this action, it pops up the “Getting Started” wizard page as shown in the next screen shot: As the Getting Started text says, this wizard is smart enough to figure out that you do not have self-updating currently configured on the connected cluster, and automatically offer you the option to add it.
Now, if you had self-updating already configured for your cluster, the wizard would give you three different options – to disable, re-enable and remove the self-updating functionality.
So in effect, this wizard is your “one-stop shop” for all things related to self-updating configuration.
You can then have CAU “connect” to any failover cluster using appropriate administration credentials, and update the cluster on demand For an overview of the scenario, check out the CAU Scenario Overview.
For this blog post, I will focus on the first mode above: Self-Updating.
If you had of course explicitly chosen not to install Failover Clustering Tools on the cluster nodes, you will need to install them now with this step.