Environment and Server Details:

  • 12.0.4457
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 standard
  • VMWare Virtual Machine
  • Dell Equal Logic SAN

SQL Error Log Message:

The log shipping secondary database ServerName.DatabaseName has restore threshold of 45 minutes and is out of sync. No restore was performed for 34089 minutes. Restored latency is 2 minutes. Check agent log and log shipping monitor information.

I've verified that the logs are being restored on the log shipping secondary, matched up the LSNs, also, I have the Log Shipping Monitor from Red Gate that verifies my logs are up to date. Further, the aforementioned error message is for every database in the instance.

I've built a similar setup in a lab environment and I get the same error messages.

  • What gives, anyone have any insight?
  • Can I safely ignore these messages since I know the logs are being backed up, copied, and restored?

Having 10s of thousands of error messages per week makes it pretty difficult to peruse and check other possible issues

  • did you check for any orphaned entries in logshipping tables e.g. logshipping was setup and then removed without a proper clean up.
    – Kin Shah
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 20:51
  • So, I'll have to run those 3 commands for each database on the primary and secondary, correct?
    – AKDiscer
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 20:59
  • yes, but just do a select before running the delete so you can confirm if the logshipping tables are having orphaned entries - which I believe is the reason for the error message in the log.
    – Kin Shah
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 21:01
  • How do I tell if there are orphaned entries? The result set from the SELECT statement shows legit data. Is there a particular column that I need to look at that'll tell me different?
    – AKDiscer
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 21:11
  • try - on primary - select primary_database from log_shipping_monitor_primary where primary_database not in (select name from sys.databases where database_id > 4) same way on secondary server.
    – Kin Shah
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 21:13

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I can't comment under the question but i can tell you what i did. I had a similar issue like that due to a break in the restore chain. I tried manually editing the monitor tables to "hack" the replaying of restore logs so that the Alert Job won't throw those alerts but i ended up digging a bigger hole for myself.

Note that even though you are seeing the LS_Restore job giving success messages that doesn't mean it is actually doing a Restore. Click on the View History and look for something similar to this: Number of log backup files restored: 0. (Note that this could mean there's no data to restore or there's data to restore but the log file next in line to restore is missing). I was getting a false positive (wrong successful LS_Restore) but the log files restored were always 0 even though it couldn't find the log file needed (you would see a message saying: Can't find previous log shipping file to be restored).

As a test ensure that there's committed activity in the production database then go to the DR and check the view history for LS_Restore. You want to see something like: Number of log backup files copied: 1. If for 6 restores you don't see a change from "0" files restored then i suggest:

  1. Restore your Secondary database using a full + differential back up of the production
  2. Re-initialize the log shipping process (delete current log shipping setup and start over the process)
  • I've tried both these suggestions and I'm having the same issue.
    – AKDiscer
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 21:56
  • That's weird because part 2 is the normal setup of Log Shipping. I noticed some people say after deleting log shipping there are residual data left behind. In the initialization stage did you uncheck the box labelled "Enable this as a primary database in a log shipping configuration" before taking a full backup?
    – Raidenlee
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 17:53
  • I have completely deleted the configuration and recreated it with the checkbox enabled that you spoke of and it still remains. How can I clear all this info and start from fresh? Is deleting and recreating the only way to conceivably do this? If so, that doesn't appear to work in my case.
    – AKDiscer
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 18:35
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    There are a lot of ways to resync but i chose to give the most time efficient methods. Checking for residual data, after deleting log shipping you should run queries: Select * from msdb.dbo.log_shipping_monitor_primary and select * from msdb.dbo.log_shipping_monitor_secondary in their respective environment. If there is data then run these in their respective environment: Delete from msdb.dbo.log_shipping_monitor_primary where primary_database='logshippingdatabasename' or Delete from msdb.dbo.log_shipping_monitor_secondary where secondary_database='logshippingdatabasename'
    – Raidenlee
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:06
  • @Rockless I'll give that a try and see if things differ, thank you for your effort!
    – AKDiscer
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 19:10

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