Should Clustered services be set to ‘manual’ or ‘automatic’?

The question goes something like this:

My cluster is installed and running SQL/Exchange nicely but I noticed that all the services for SQL/Exchange are set to start manaully. Should I set the services to automatic instead?


Cluster controlled services should always be set to manual, so that the
cluster can control the startup and shutdown. Remember with Microsoft
clustering only one server can control a resource at any given time. Leaving
the services set to manual will help the cluster service do it’s job and
ensure an error free service 🙂

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