Assume that you use an Always On availability group together with automatic seeding in SQL Server 2017. When you add a new database to the Always On availability group and set different default directories between the database and log, the automatic-seeding function fails.


This fix is included in Cumulative Update 6 for SQL Server 2017.

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To work around this issue, do one of the following:

  • Use the same directory layout for every replica in the Always On availability group.

  • Configure the log default directory to the same location as the database default directory.

  • Use manual seeding.


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


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