Tag: Availability Groups

Bug – Getting Read-Routing Data Using SMO

I was futzing around with SMO recently, and wanted to grab information around the read-routing list in an Availability Group. Things went fine for 2012 and 2014, but when it came to SQL Server 2016 I ran into a problem.

The read-routing property in SMO is a string collection (reference https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.sqlserver.management.smo.availabilityreplica.readonlyroutinglist.aspx), which is fine for 2012/4, but SQL Server 2016 introduced the idea of load-balanced read-routing. When used this provide you with the option of having multiple read-only replicas which can handle traffic, and are load-balanced (it only uses a basic round-robin algorithm, but that’s a lot better than the single replica option that exists in the earlier versions).  In order to correctly know how read-routing is configured you need to know what replicas are in a load-balanced group. SMO does not provide you with the ability to get at this information (nor does it give you the chance to configure read-routing in a load-balanced scenario), as it is a basic collection, and has no further property information around it.

I’ve created a Connect item (Gathering Read Routing information using SMO is inaccurate in SQL 2016) to try and get MS to look into this, and maybe provide a fix, please upvote if you can.

If you want to try this for yourself you can use the C# below, try it against the lower versions, and then on a load-balanced 2016 configuration. While it’s still possible to get this data from TSQL I find it annoying that the server management objects that are specifically written to deal with this stuff don’t do the job.


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo;
using Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Common;

namespace SmoTesting
{
class Program
{
static void Main(string[] args)
{
Console.WriteLine("Enter the servername");
string connectServer = Console.ReadLine();
Console.WriteLine("Enter the AG name");
string agName = Console.ReadLine();


Server srv = new Server();
try
{
srv = new Server(connectServer);
srv.ConnectionContext.StatementTimeout = 60; //timeout after 60 seconds running the query

foreach (AvailabilityGroup ag in srv.AvailabilityGroups)
{
if (ag.Name == agName)
{
ag.PrimaryReplicaServerName.ToString());
foreach (AvailabilityReplica ar in ag.AvailabilityReplicas)
{
if (ar.Name.ToString() == "connectServer")
{
foreach (Object obj in ar.ReadonlyRoutingList)
{
Console.WriteLine(" {0}", obj);
}
}
}
}
}
}
catch (Exception ex)
{
Console.WriteLine(ex.InnerException.ToString());
}
finally
{
srv.ConnectionContext.Disconnect();
}
Console.WriteLine("press a key");
Console.Read();
}
}
}

BUG with Availability Groups and sys.master_files

I recently came across a bug with SQL Server and Availability Groups whereby catalog view data is incorrectly reported on all secondary replicas.

This bug has the potential for putting the availability of your environment at risk as reporting around capacity could be calculated incorrectly.

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