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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability

By : Hemantgiri S. Goswami
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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability

By: Hemantgiri S. Goswami

Overview of this book

<p>Every business has it's mission critical applications and data. Therefore, it is very important to keep database servers up and running all the time – 24 X 7. There is a need to store and process terabytes of data to cater for business needs, and it is vital to make data highly available.<br /><br />High availability is all about the site being accessible all the time. High availability solutions minimize the downtime for these mission critical applications.</p> <p>Microsoft SQL Server is a powerful relational database engine, widely used to store and maintain data in Enterprises of various levels be they small, medium or large.</p> <p>This book will teach you how best to use these readily-available options and save you time in making your websites highly available.<br /><br />This Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability book will take you through pre and post installation concepts and common issues you come across while working with SQL Server HA. It will teach you how these various HA solutions can be installed using GUI and the command line. It will also show you how to troubleshoot common issues you may encounter whilst installing or managing the HA option in your environment. It provides references to external links for more advanced learning on the topic.<br /><br />This book starts with an introductory chapter into the windows domain, domain users and various handshake methods available with Windows server. It also offers information the different authentication methods available with SQL Server - giving you an insight into the importance of security. After you are through with the security aspects, your journey to installing SQL Server HA will start. It will cover the concepts of database mirroring, log shipping, clustering, and replication.<br /><br />By the end of this book you will be confident enough to take up the challenge to install any of the SQL Server HA options.</p>
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Installing Database Mirroring

In the previous section, we learned about the prerequisites to install Database Mirroring; let's now learn how to install it.

Preparing for Database Mirroring

Before we move forward, we shall prepare the database for the Database Mirroring. Here are the steps:

  1. 1. The first step is to ensure that the database is in Full Recovery mode. You can set the mode to "Full Recovery" using the following code:

  2. 2. Execute the backup command, followed by the transaction log backup command, and move the backups to the server we wish to have as a mirror.


    I have run the RESTORE VERIFYONLY command after backup completes. This command ensures the validity of a backup file. It is recommended to always verify the backup.

  3. 3. As we have a full database and log backup file, move them over to the Mirror server that we have identified.

  4. 4. We will now perform the database restoration, followed by the restore log command with NORECOVERY.


    It is necessary to use the NORECOVERY option so...