Availability Groups are a new feature of SQL Server 2012 that provide continuous data synchronization, automatic failover and secondary read access for one or many SQL Server databases.

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AlwaysOn AG, DTC with failover

Problem: How can I run Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC) on all servers in an AlwaysOn Availability Group (AG)? I do NOT need to maintain transactions over failover/switchover events. Setup: ...
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Can you direct Availability Groups to fail over to a particular node?

Can you direct Availability Groups to fail over to a specific node in the cluster?
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Mysterious missing transactional replication tokens

I am looking at implementing Transactional Replication subscriptions in an AlwaysOn AvailabilityGroup. I tried to use this as a guide: ...
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SQL Server Agent Jobs and Availability Groups

I'm looking for best practice in dealing with scheduled SQL Server Agent jobs in SQL Server 2012 availability groups. Maybe I missed something, however at the current state I feel that SQL Server ...
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Transaction Log Maintanance While Using AlwaysOn Availability Group

We are using HADR ( AlwaysOn Availability Group) feature of SQL Server 2012. Server and AG Configuration as below: SQL12_SRV1 --> AG1(PRIMARY) - SYNC -->> DBTest SQL12_SRV2 --> AG1(SECONDARY) ...
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Databases outside of AlwaysOn availability group stuck in RESTORING status

I am testing the AlwaysOn feature of SQL Server 2012. I have 2 servers set up and can successfully create availability groups and fail them over between servers. However, any databases that DO NOT ...
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Startup procedure for availability replica becoming primary

Is there any way how to create a startup T-SQL script/procedure for starting availability replica (when state has changed from secondary to primary)? I want to disable SSIS jobs specific for related ...
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Difference between accessing SQL Server by instance name and cluster name [closed]

I have installed failover clustering feature on two servers with Windows Server 2012 and then I installed SQL Server 2012 on both of them. I also enabled SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn feature. Now I can ...
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How do I change SQL Server 2012 Availability Group DNS subdomain?

Questions: how can I get my availability group to be registered as ag-ewgtest.sql.company.com given that my server thinks of itself as server.company.com. Setup: my SQL Server 2012 availability ...
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SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn: need to automatically add databases by script- T-sql or PowerShell

I've installed and successfully configured our SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn 2-node servers for our new "Intranet" that is coming out. I've gotten AlwaysOn working great, and our Front End servers for the ...
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SQL Server 2012 Availability group disk configuration options

Background I am quite far into the process of setting up a 2 server SQL Server 2012 Always on availability cluster to provide redundancy with a readable secondary replica of all our databases. Since ...
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SQL Server 2012, Network for: AlwaysOn Availability Group with AlwaysOn AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances

Setup: I have two data centers. In site1, my primary site, I'd like to deploy an AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instance (FCI). In site2, my data recovery site, I'd like to deploy a single-node instance of ...
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SQL availability groups log maintenance

I have a AG with 2 nodes in a site in sync mode and 1 offsite in async mode. I'm having trouble understanding how the logspace is maintained in this scenario. For instance, I'm taking log backups ...
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Specifying the failover partner when using Availability Groups

We have a situation where we are using replicated databases in an environment that's making use of Availability Groups. As we wanted no manual intervention when failing over, we decided to set up ...
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Are there problems with using SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups with Windows 2008R2?

[Cross post from StackOverflow] Brent Ozar published this webcast (slides, video with free registration) entitled "Real-Life SQL Server 2012: AlwaysOn Lessons Learned", in which he repeatedly states, ...
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What is correct process to physically move an availability replica to another location

Current situation is we have 3 SQL Servers with one availablity group and we plan on moving one of the secondary replicas out of HQ to another location. There will be the span of a few hours between ...
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when can AG primary replica be a different host to WFC primary?

To set up an Availability Group with two servers, the servers both participate in a Windows Failover Cluster. I've seen cases after certain failover modes where the primary IP address in the cluster ...
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Enable TDE for existing AlwaysOn databases

I need to do a little benchmarking of AlwaysOn, both with and without TDE enabled. All the instructions I see cover adding encrypted databases to an availability group, but I see no mention of ...
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SSIS SQL Server 2012 cluster Availibility Group [closed]

We have a three server cluster using AlwaysOn technology, and have created an Availability Group for the SSISDB catalog. How would you change the code to only execute on the primary server?
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Do locks on readonly secondary databases propagate to the Read/Write Database

I'm thinking about using SQL Server Availability Groups in SQL Server 2012 to offload reporting on our main database to a second read only server that is kept in sync through the availability group. ...
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Availability Groups and Partition Swapping

Is it possible to use SQL 2012 Availability Groups over two machines and perform partition swapping on the primary machine ?
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Recovery time effects of Availability Groups

We did different kinds of basic Tests and AlwaysOn passed in many tests. We finally did a heavy write test for AlwaysOn and it gave surprising results. The actual Test details are here, the goal is ...
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How do Availability Groups work with cheduled jobs and SSIS packages?

I have 2 SQL Servers set up with a database in an AlwaysOn Availability Group. I also have jobs set up which run against the database. During a failover how do I ensure the jobs will continue to run ...
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How to link users and logins in an Availability Group?

I've got an Availability Group going and need to map some logins to database users on an active secondary replica. (Node2) Unfortunately, when I try to exec sp_change_users_login or alter user with ...
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Logins aren't syncing across Availability Groups

We have 2 servers in an AlwaysOn group. While the user accounts within each synchronized database exist on both servers, the database instance level logins only exist on one of the servers. Ie ...
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Cross Database transactions with Availability Groups

Recently we are working on a POC to get Always on work and happened to see this article in BOL http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms366279.aspx This article suggests that there would be ...
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Preferred node for read on Availability Group in a multisite configuration

We are going to set up a multi (at least 2) site configuration, and we want to achieve both HA as well as a good resource usage. The sites will be interconnected through a high speed, dedicated ...
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SQL Server connection with multiSubnetFailover fails, claims mirroring is enabled

I have two SQL Server instances in an availability group. They are not mirrored. I'm trying to connect to the AG using the MS JDBC drivers (4.0) with a connection string including ...
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Availability Group reporting disconnected replica [closed]

I'm trying to configure availability groups in a VM environment so I can run some tests. I think I've got the group created correctly, I can see the Always on group on both servers. However when I ...
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Can Availability Groups provide seamless failover (with no query failures)?

I have been testing the Availability Groups feature in SQL Server 2012 and am finding that there is approximately 15 seconds of down time when the primary server fails over to the secondary server. ...
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Availability Group configuration & licencing

I am about to setup a 3 node AV group for SQL Server 2012 my configuration will be - London-Srv1 - PRIMARY Core Database (OLTP) set to READ_WRITE London-Srv2 - SECONDARY PASSIVE synchronous Core ...
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Do Availability Groups support Active/Passive?

I am looking into the licensing of SQL Server 2012 when using Availability Groups with 2 servers. It is not clear to me if Availability Groups are only available as Active/Active and not ...
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Enabling Service Broker on a database involved in an availability group

I'm trying to enable Service Broker on a SQL Server 2012 database that is part of an availability group and keep getting this error message: The operation cannot be performed on database "dbname" ...
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Can CDC or Change Tracking be against a read only secondary?

We will be deploying SQL Server 2012 Availability Groups with read only secondaries and would like to execute our SSIS extracts against the secondary while utilizing CDC or change tracking (the ...
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Trouble Creating AG Listener: The WSFC Cluster could not bring the Network Name resource

We are trying to create an AG Listener and it errors out on us: It does however seem to create both the DNS entries and the virtual computer object in AD. However, because of this error message SQL ...
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Transaction Log Truncation with Copy Only

I have a database backup job set to use full backup with the Copy only option on once daily. The copy only is on because from what I have read that is the only way to backup a database that is ...
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AG and SQL Backups

I am using always on in sql 2012 and have an AG setup. I would like to know if i were to backup the primary database and restore it would that be allowed without taking the cluster down etc. ...
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AlwaysOn SQL Server setup questions

I just have a few questions regarding the setup of Always On HA, and Clusters. When you setup an AG, and it gets to setting up your IP address for the cluster how can i switch from using DHCP to a ...
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Can Availability Groups replace transactional replication?

I've been looking at the new features of SQL Server 2012, and how it can help my current situation. Currently we're on SQL Server 2008 R2, and replicate two OLTP servers' databases to a single ...
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Service Broker & AlwaysOn Availability Groups: Odd Transmission Queue Behavior

I have also posted this question on my blog: http://www.sqldiablo.com/2012/04/15/service-broker-alwayson-availability-groups-odd-transmission-queue-behavior/. I’ve been working on a project over the ...