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I think that mirroring is not the the best solution in this scenario, and discontinuation announcement is not even the main reason, especially if you're planning to maintain the test environment only for limited amount of time. Mirroring is a high-availability solution that was designed to provide hot/warm standby db in case of failure, or offload ...


A SQL Server 2008 R2 mirror is not itself readable. If you are using Enterprise Edition, you can create a named snapshot database from the mirror. This allows you to create a point-in-time readable database that can be used for pretty much any query that does not do any updates. (Though you could use another database (tempdb or a workdb) to do auxiliary ...

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