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Has anyone tested EV with SQL AlwaysOn availability groups?

Created: 02 Jul 2014 • Updated: 06 Sep 2014 | 7 comments
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I have done some searching, and have only come up with these 2 posts:

http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/ev-1002-sql...

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/sql...

These are both almost 2 years old, and call out potential support in 10.0.3. I checked the compatibilty guide (updated Jun 16) and it still lists a caveat for Always On:

AlwaysOn Availability Groups, and the use of supplementary characters in the range U+10000 to U+10FFFF are not supported

So my question to the community is - has anyone tested this? I think its a bit lame this is not supported, im not even trying to be cutting edge here - 2014 has been out for months! Not to mention 2012/AlwaysOn have been out for over 2 years! 2012 compatibility is great, but its not a lot of use to me if I cant take advantage of our HA/DR.

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Rob.Wilcox's picture

If it says not supported, don't do it. Anything goes wrong and you will likely get no support.

Think the ideas section has this listed.. You could vote the idea up.

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AndrewB's picture
you can vote for it here:
 
https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/ideas/ev-building-blocks-support-sql-2012-always-feature

Andy Becker | Authorized Symantec Consultant | Trace3 | Symantec National Partner | www.trace3.com

AndrewB's picture

also, i've been working with EV Product Management gathering customer names to drive support for the AlwaysOn feature. if you'd like to PM or email me your info i'd be happy to include you in the list.

Andy Becker | Authorized Symantec Consultant | Trace3 | Symantec National Partner | www.trace3.com

Nate.D's picture

Thanks! I voted, and commented. I will send you a PM

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Nate.D's picture

Thanks Rob, I will check the Ideas section for that.

After reading the compatibility guide a bit more, it sounds like only the 'always on availability groups' are unsupported, but I could run sql2012 with more standard HA methods like mirroring, log shipping, etc. and still be supported?  Am I understanding that correctly? Here is a clip from the guide, page 13:

vault_sql_compatibility_chart.PNG

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AndrewB's picture

correct and as with previous versions, you still need to turn off mirroring, log shipping, etc, for installing EV service packs, upgrades, etc.

Andy Becker | Authorized Symantec Consultant | Trace3 | Symantec National Partner | www.trace3.com

Nate.D's picture

Thank you for the heads up on that. I will have to do a bit of research, our old SQL environment was clustered with shared disks so I hadn't done anything like that before. 

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