Is it possible to shutdown with nowait on a clustered instance? I want to delay recovery to when the instance starts, and I want to shut down as quickly as possible without issuing checkpoints to my clustered instances. If I issue a SHUTDOWN WITH NOWAIT, SQL Server sends a SERVICE_CONTROL_STOP message which causes it to go into a Failed state. The cluster service then starts it up, which is not what I want.


  • Why do you want to do that ? SHUTDOWN WITH NOWAIT is like pulling power cable out of your server.
    – Kin Shah
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 13:05
  • Ideas? -- Yes: stop doing that.
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 15:29
  • I've done some testing on this and discovered that SQL Server in a cluster ALWAYS does a SHUTDOWN WITH NOWAIT. Interesting, in that you CAN'T do a graceful shutdown on a cluster. Kind of surprised me... And if you don't believe me test it yourself. BEGIN TRAN, change some data and then take your SQL Server service offline in cluster manager. Start up and see if your transaction is there... Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 15:49
  • @MooMinTroll Whether the changes made by your transaction are present after it starts again has do with whether your transaction was committed, not whether SQL Server shut down with NOWAIT. Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 18:42
  • @MooMinTroll the WITH NOWAIT option --> Shuts down SQL Server without performing checkpoints in every database. SQL Server exits after attempting to terminate all user processes. When the server restarts, a rollback operation occurs for uncompleted transactions.
    – Kin Shah
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 19:14


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