Published: Troubleshooting Guide for Availability Group Listener in Windows Azure

Before the holidays, this article was quietly published: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/dn495646.aspx This is a troubleshooting guide for all those going through the joys and pains of configuring the availability group listener in the cloud. There are already guidance on how to configure the listener in Windows Azure or hybrid IT, but no known content that helps you…

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Availability Group Listener in Windows Azure Now Supported! (And Scripts for Cloud-Only Configuration)

If you haven’t noticed, AlwaysOn Availability Groups in Windows Azure now supports availability group (AG) listeners. Configuring the AG listener in Windows Azure is a multi-step process that includes: Creating a load-balanced endpoint for the Windows Azure VMs that host AG replicas. Ensuring that hotfix KB2854082 is installed on all cluster nodes (including any node…

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AlwaysOn in SQL Server 2014 CTP1

Failover Cluster Instances as well as Availability Groups have some great features coming up in SQL Server 2014. Take a look at Luis’ post on what you can try out with publicly available CTP1: http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2013/06/27/alwayson-in-sql-server-2014-ctp1.aspx      

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WSFC Cluster Configuration on Windows Azure Virtual Machines

Windows Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) are currently in preview at www.windowsazure.com. SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery solutions are supported on Windows Azure VMs. For AlwaysOn Availability Groups, there is currently no support for availability group listeners in Windows Azure. Also, you must work around a DHCP limitation in Windows Azure when creating Windows Server…

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How To: Migrate to AlwaysOn from Prior Deployments Combining Database Mirroring and Log Shipping – Part 2

Writer: Cephas Lin (Microsoft) Contributors: Oleg Bulanyy (Microsoft), Jimmy May (Microsoft) This blog is the continuation of a blog series that shows you how to perform the following end-to-end HADR migration scenario of SQL Server inside a test environment: From a SQL Server 2008 R2 solution: Database mirroring for high availability and log shipping for…

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How To: Migrate to AlwaysOn AlwaysOn from Prior Deployments Combining Database Mirroring and Log Shipping – Part 1

Writer: Cephas Lin (Microsoft) Contributors: Oleg Bulanyy (Microsoft), Jimmy May (Microsoft) This blog series is a follow-up to my whitepaper Migration Guide: Migrating to AlwaysOn Availability Groups from Prior Deployments Combining Database Mirroring and Log Shipping. In this series, I will walk you through the following end-to-end migration scenario inside a test environment: From a…

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How To: Migrate from Failover Cluster Instances and Database Mirroring to SQL Server AlwaysOn – Part 3

Writer: Cephas Lin (Microsoft) Contributors: Oleg Bulanyy (Microsoft), Jimmy May (Microsoft) NOTE: SQL Server Failover Clustering has been renamed AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) in SQL Server 2012. For simplicity, the term FCI in this paper applies to either SQL Server Failover Clustering in SQL Server 2008 R2 or AlwaysOn FCI in SQL Server 2012….

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How To: Migrate from Failover Cluster Instances and Database Mirroring to SQL Server AlwaysOn – Part 2

Writer: Cephas Lin (Microsoft) Contributors: Oleg Bulanyy (Microsoft), Jimmy May (Microsoft) NOTE: SQL Server Failover Clustering has been renamed AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) in SQL Server 2012. For simplicity, the term FCI in this paper applies to either SQL Server Failover Clustering in SQL Server 2008 R2 or AlwaysOn FCI in SQL Server 2012….

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How To: Migrate from Failover Cluster Instances and Database Mirroring to SQL Server AlwaysOn – Part 1

Writer: Cephas Lin (Microsoft) Contributors: Oleg Bulanyy (Microsoft), Jimmy May (Microsoft) NOTE: SQL Server Failover Clustering has been renamed AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances (FCI) in SQL Server 2012. For simplicity, the term FCI in this paper applies to either SQL Server Failover Clustering in SQL Server 2008 R2 or AlwaysOn FCI in SQL Server 2012….

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Migration Guide: Migrating to AlwaysOn Availability Groups from Prior Deployments Combining Database Mirroring and Log Shipping

Writer:Cephas Lin (Microsoft) Contributors: Sanjay Mishra (Microsoft) Technical Reviewers: Aditya Samant (Microsoft), Juergen Thomas (Microsoft), Prem Mehra (Microsoft), Charles Mathews (Microsoft), Jimmy May (Microsoft), David P. Smith (ServiceU) Content Program Manager: Glenn Minch (Microsoft)   Summary: This migration guide provides guidance for customers who have deployed database mirroring for local high availability and log shipping…

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