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

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.
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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.
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Article ID: 3152965 - Last Review: 08/25/2016 16:32:00 - Revision: 8.0

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