FIX: Log shipping fails when you use it together with Always On Availability Groups in SQL Server 2016 and 2017

Applies to: Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1SQL Server 2016 StandardSQL Server 2016 Developer

Symptoms


When you use log shipping together with Always On Availability Groups in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and 2017, log shipping can't detect available replica and fails with the following error message:

The backup operation on database 'DatabaseName' was skipped because it is part of an availability group and not its preferred backup replica

Resolution


This problem is fixed in the following cumulative updates for SQL Server:

       Cumulative Update 4 for SQL Server 2017

       Cumulative Update 7 for SQL Server 2016 SP1

Status


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

References


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