FIX: Error 1478 when you add a database back to the AlwaysOn availability group in SQL Server

Applies to: SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3SQL Server 2012 DeveloperSQL Server 2012 Enterprise

Symptoms


Consider the following scenario:
  • You use the AlwaysOn availability groups feature in Microsoft SQL Server 2012, 2014, or 2016.
  • You back up a transaction log of a database while there are transaction log activities.
  • The transaction log activities stop after the backup completed.
  • You remove the database from the AlwaysOn availability group.
In this scenario, when you add the database back to the AlwaysOn availability group, error 1478 occurs.

Resolution


The issue was first fixed in the following cumulative update of SQL Server:

Workaround


To work around this issue, create a transaction log backup on the primary replica, restore the log backup on the secondary replica with no recovery, and then rejoin the secondary replica to the AlwaysOn availability group.

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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