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Manual Failover

I’ve set up a test mirrored database with the following steps:<br />– created endpoints<br />– backed up Primary database<br />– restored with no recovery on Mirror<br />– Set partner: ALTER DATABASE test <br /> SET PARTNER = ‘TCP://instance<img src=’/community/emoticons/emotion-4.gif’ alt=’:p‘ />ort'<br />on both Primary and Mirror<br />– I kept the default of High protection (Safety FULL) – no witness<br /><br />The primary shows (Principal, Synchronized). The mirror shows (Mirror, Syncronized / restoring). <br /><br />I’m trying to test a simulated failure of the Principal so I can’t manually failover from the Principal. According to what I’ve read on BOL, I need to use Alter database name set partner FORCE_SERVICE_ALLOW_DATA_LOSS if the Principal is not available. However, when I do that I get the following error message: <br />Msg 1455, Level 16, State 106, Line 1<br />The database mirroring service cannot be forced for database "test" because the database is not in the correct state to become the principal database.<br /><br />Any suggestions? What step have I forgotten/missed?? Thanks much!
Have you checked the log on mirror server and see whether the REDO log has completed the logs restore and no pending on SEND queue. Satya SKJ
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Thank you for your reply. My problem was that the customer told me that he had stopped the services on the Principal when I tried to force the manual failover, but the instance was still available. Once I shutdown the Principal, everything worked as expected. Thanks for the idea, though!
For a failover initiate you have to be ensure no longer transactions are pending, it will take more time.
Check thishttp://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms186348.aspx for more information,. Satya SKJ
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