The Local Node is Not Able to Communicate With the WSFC Cluster

I was setting up an availability group in SQL Server 2012 on a pair of servers and came across the following error.  “the local node is not able to communicate with the wsfc cluster”  Interestingly enough, I had already installed an availability group on these two servers in another domain.  I was changing domains (long story) and had decommissioned the cluster and wanted to set it back up.  I knew I had already done the following

  • Installed the latest Service Pack (2)
  • Validated the cluster

The fix was simply to remove the Availability Group option, re-apply it and then restart the SQL Server Service.  After that, I was off and running.