SQL Server 2016 AlwaysON AG setup – Part 2

Now that I’ve created a windows cluster and installed SQL server on all the three nodes(Part 1), I am ready to configure AGs. Below is the screenshots tour.

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You can see  a new option “Database Level Health Protection” (In CTP releases It had “Basic AG”and “Per Database DTC Support” options as well.). Now, on Enterprise/Eval/Developer editions, all we get is above option. If you are trying to setup AG on standard edition(Wait till RTM gets released), then You should be seeing an option for Basic AG(Well, only Basic AG can be configured on standard edition)

So, what’s DB level health protection? If one of your databases in your AG goes offline or becomes unavailable for some reason, entire AG doesn’t get impacted.

Next:

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Here’s the bonus, Now we get 3 Synchronous(Automatic) replicas and Active secondaries are Load balanced with your routing list and also distributed transactions are now supported in 2016 AGs 🙂

Now, pick your backup preferences.

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And finally configure Listener:

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Below are the corresponding CNOs/VCOs/DNS records created in my AD.

From my SSMS:

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That’s it folks! Happy weekend…

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