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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How Automatic Failover Works (AlwaysOn)

I'm going to use AlwaysOn technology on my servers, but it's some unclear points in the documentation: Automatic failover looks like Primary replica (A) unaccessable Secondary replica (B) becomes ...
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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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Object Auditing with Availability Groups

We are about to implement Availability Groups and it brought up a question. We currently use auditing to see which objects are no longer used in production. We also take a backup each night to use ...
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Zombie Sql Server DB on Secondary Replica is both in and out of an Availability Group

I have a database in Sql Server 2012 that is on the secondary replica of an availability group. I removed the database from the AG db list on the primary and the db is currently in the Restoring ...
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SQL Server 2008 mirroring migration to SQL Server 2012 always on

Quick question, request your input. I am migrating a SQL Server 2008 R2 instance with database mirroring to SQL Server 2012 with always on. Should I : Restore the SQL Server 2008 R2 backup to SQL ...
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AlwaysOn Availability Group Forced Failover

May I request your input. I setup SQL 2012 with always on availability group for my databases in sync and secondary readable mode. I completed failover tests with sync mode and it is functioning as ...
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How can I automatically have a node become primary in an Availability Group?

In my environment, I have Db01 and Db02 setup with SQL 2012 AlwaysOn. Db01 is the preferred master as that is where all of the backup jobs reside. Typically, the only time that Db01 is unavailable is ...
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SQL Server 2012 Always On, during a massive DB change

As the topic says, I was wondering if you guys have any advice on potential issues with Always On availability during a massive update? We're in need of making several massive datamodel changes, ...
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Check the data latency between two Always On Availability Group servers in ASYNC mode

I have implemented Always on Availability Group in asynchronous mode between two servers primary and secondary. When i tried to check the data latency between the servers in performance monitor ...
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Backups in Availability Groups

In case of async commit setup and the backup preference set to secondary replica. I have observed, in case of high unsent log size, log backup on secondary replica starts failing for that database ...
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Can not ping Always On listener from outside primary node

I just setup SQL Server 2012 (on Windows Server 2012) Always On feature and have a problem with connecting to SQL Server Listener from non-primary node (it works from primary node though). Here is ...
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups Delayed Replica

With AO SQL 2012, is it possible to configure one of the member as delayed replica? I know ideally we would like this to be synced but in case of human error, it would give us the ability to check on ...
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Different results from sys.dm_db_file_space_usage with database prefix

To make it simple: According to MSDN (link) among other sources, you can get the amount of current free space in tempdb by using the following bit of TSQL: -- MSDN version SELECT ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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always on availability group with different speed disks

I'm looking to set up SQL Server 2012 installation with an Always On Availability Group, where the 'passive' replica will be hosted at another site on the WAN and using synchronous data commit - the ...
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Recommended plan for 0min RTO and RPO

I have a Windows Server 2008R2 Server, running SQL Server 2008R2 SP2. The server currently only does a full backup once daily. The server's operational hours are between 8am and 5pm. The server's new ...
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Automatic Failover in Availability Group

I have 2 nodes in my SQL server fail over cluster. I use SQL Server 2012 Availability Groups for HA purpose. The problem is that when one my server goes down the automatic fail over does not happen! ...
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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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Is there a way to implement a cross-database task on SQL Server 2012 with the Availability Groups feature?

We use SQL Server 2012 and its new Availability Groups (AG) feature. There is a task for moving old data of some tables from one database to another database. Both databases are included into ...
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Clustering vs. transactional replication vs. availability groups

Assuming you need to make sure your application that relies on SQL Server 2012 as its database backend is available around the clock, even if one server machine fails. As a developer and not a DBA, I ...
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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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The remote copy of database “<DBNAME>” is not related to the local copy of the database

I'm trying to join a secondary DB to my SQL Server 2012 Availability Group following this article: Join a Secondary Database to an Availability Group (SQL Server) When I attempt this the local SQL ...
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Check if SQL Agent job is being executed manually

I have a stored procedure that performs database backups. Because I'm looking at Availability Groups within SQL Server 2012 I want to utilise the *sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica* function ...
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SQL Server 2012 Availability Group issue

I need some assistance and some bandages for shooting myself in the foot. This is a DEV environment but I need to bring it up. I am using SQL Server 2012 Enterprise on Windows 2008 R2. Somehow our ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...