We have following config of Availability Group:

server1.domain.com - primary
server2.domain.com - sync secondary
server3.domain.com - async secondary

sql-listener.domain.com - availability group listener DNS name

Recently we have setup Read Only Routing (ROR)
Read Only Routing URLs:

server1 - TCP://server1.domain.com:1433
server2 - TCP://server2.domain.com:1433
server3 - TCP://server3.domain.com:1433

Read Only Routing Lists:

server1: server2, server3, server1
server2: server1, server3, server2
server3: server2, server1, server3

It worked fine when tested in SSMS using Windows Authentication Login (Domain\MyLogin) with Options >> Additional Connection Parameters tab -> ApplicationIntent=ReadOnly

While server1 is primary, I connect in SSMS to AG Listener (sql-listener.domain.com) using above parameter and run select @@servername, and it shows server 2, which means ROR works


When I try to connect in SSMS to AG Listener using SQL Authentication Login (SQLAuthLogin), and ApplicationIntent=ReadOnly parameter, and then run select @@servername, it shows me server1

>>> So in my case, ROR does not work with SQL Authentication Login is there any way to fix this ?

add: double checked SQLAuthLogin's SID on server1 and server2 - SID is the same, SQLAuthLogin can login to both servers and query MyDatabase just fine

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    Have you checked the errorlog in Server2/Server3 for failed logins from said SQL logins? Aug 20, 2019 at 15:32
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    This might similar case: dba.stackexchange.com/a/245389/185080. question defined nicely. up voted! Aug 20, 2019 at 19:14
  • @SeanGallardy checked the errorlog but there is no records related to failed logins Aug 21, 2019 at 7:32

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The issue was not in SQL or Windows Authentication methods, but in default_database setting

Found that for my Windows Authentication Login, default_database = [MyDatabase] (which participates in availability group), while my SQL Authentication Login has default_database = [master]

Because of above setting, while connecting in SSMS using Windows Authentication, Read Only Routing worked right after ApplicationIntent=ReadOnly was specified. For the SQL Authentication Login, not only ApplicationIntent=ReadOnly needs to be specified, but also it should contain Initial Catalog=[MyDatabase]

Adding Initial Catalog=[MyDatabase] fixed the issue, SQL Authentication Login could connect and was directed to Read-Only secondary

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