I'm trying to enable the Always on HA groups using SQL 2016 STD, but the option is grayed out as shown below

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any hints on how to enable it would be appreciated.



  • Please, run this query and add output to your question: select @@version;
    – user_0
    Commented Oct 5, 2022 at 9:38
  • The other problem you have is you mentioned you're running Standard Edition but AlwaysOn Availability Groups is an Enterprise-only feature.
    – J.D.
    Commented Oct 5, 2022 at 13:13

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You cant do that. From Microsoft documentation:

Prior to SQL Server 2017, and Windows Server 2016, the instance had to reside on a Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) node to enable the Always On availability group feature

And in your image is indicated SQL Server does not reside on a Failover Cluster. Upgrade to sql 2017 or implement a Failover cluster.

  • you just nailed it, many thanks. Commented Oct 5, 2022 at 10:20

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