Mirrored databases are disconnected after you restart the database mirror in SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, or SQL Server 2008 R2

Applies to: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise EditionSQL Server 2008 EnterpriseSQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter


Consider the following scenario:
  • You have a computer that is running a secondary instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, or Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 in a two-server database mirror.
  • CPU usage reaches 100 percent on the computer, and you cannot stop the SQL Server service by using SQL Server Management Tools.
  • You end the process of the SQL Server secondary instance by using Task Manager.
  • You restart the secondary instance of SQL Server.
In this scenario, all mirrored databases are in a "Disconnected" or "In Recovery" state. Additionally, an error message that resembles the following is logged in the SQL Server error log for each database:
Bypassing recovery for database 'Database Name' because it is marked as an inaccessible database mirroring database. A problem exists with the mirroring session. The session either lacks a quorum or the communications links are broken because of problems with links, endpoint configuration, or permissions (for the server account or security certificate). To gain access to the database, figure out what has changed in the session configuration and undo the change.


This issue occurs because of problems in the SQL Server database mirroring endpoints.


To resolve this issue, use the following methods. If the first method does not resolve the issue, use the second method.

Method 1

Recycle the endpoint on the database mirror. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. On the principal database, execute the following SQL script to stop the endpoint:
  2. Execute the following SQL script to restart the endpoint:
Note If communication between the endpoints does not restart after you execute the scripts, execute the scripts on the database mirror. However, the database may enter a "Suspended" state after you do this. If this issue occurs, execute the following SQL script:

Method 2

Delete and re-create the database mirroring endpoints on both servers.


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