We have a SQL 2014 Availability Group with 3 replicas of our primary database - 2 in our main data center and 1 in our DR center.

We did a large index rebuild on the primary which obviously needs to replicate to the secondaries. I believe this replication has now finished. When I run:

select redo_queue_size, log_send_queue_size 
from sys.dm_hadr_database_replica_states 
where database_id = 28

I get:

redo_queue_size |log_send_queue_size
0           | 0
0           | 0
NULL        | NULL

Which suggests to me that the replication has finished. However, when I run

select log_reuse_wait, log_reuse_wait_desc from sys.databases where database_id = 28

I get:

log_reuse_wait  | log_reuse_wait_desc
6               | REPLICATION

I found this query:

select * 
from sys.dm_hadr_database_replica_cluster_states 
where database_name = DB_NAME()

which shows the state of the replication which again suggests that everything is replicated, but it can't be truncated for some reason:

is_failover_ready   | is_pending_secondary_suspend  | recovery_lsn              | truncation_lsn
1                   | 0                             | 4294967295429496729500001 | 793156000000001600001
1                   | 0                             | 4294967295429496729500001 | 793156000000001600001
1                   | 0                             | 4294967295429496729500001 | 793156000000001600001

The Transaction Log backup jobs are running and backing up as expected, but the % of the log file used continues to grow due to normal traffic. How do I get SQL to reuse the transaction log file?

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    Check sys.dm_hadr_database_replica_cluster_states, more information here
    – user507
    Sep 14, 2015 at 5:24

1 Answer 1


It looks like the CDC Capture job had stopped running. Restarting that (which took a while) then cleared out the log and allowed it to rewrite.

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