Today I re-enabled CDC on the primary node of an availability group. When the jobs were created the cleanup job failed with the following error:

Could not delete change table entries made obsolete by a change in one or more low water marks for capture instances of database DB1. The failure occurred when executing the command 'delete top( @p1 ) from [cdc].[dbo_Table1_CT] where __$start_lsn < @p2 '. The error returned was 208: 'Invalid object name 'cdc.dbo_Table1_CT'.'. Use the action and error to determine the cause of the failure and resubmit the request. [SQLSTATE 01000] (Message 22852).

Using sys.sp_cdc_help_change_data_capture I can see for the invalid object name that there is an entry for the capture_instance, but the source_schema and source_table are NULL. Both enabled and disabling the table fails with the following errors:


Change data capture instance 'dbo_Table1' has not been enabled for the source table 'dbo.Table1'.


Could not create a capture instance because the capture instance name 'dbo_Table1' already exists in the current database.

I'm at a loss on how to get this either removed from CDC or updated so the NULLs don't appear.

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It looks like the CDC table has been orphaned.

You can try connecting using the DAC connection and dropping that table.

Easiest is to connect using sqlcmd

sqlcmd.exe -A -D YourDb

Then just drop the history table

DROP TABLE [cdc].[dbo_Table1_CT];

You may also want to drop the functions if they exist

DROP FUNCTION cdc.fn_cdc_get_all_changes_dbo_Table1_CT;
DROP FUNCTION cdc.fn_cdc_get_net_changes_dbo_Table1_CT;

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