This is going to be a multi-part post, based on a very recent deployment.
I had to urgently build an AlwaysOn Availability Group and Listener in Azure on SQL Server 2014. The only issue was, I have limited Azure and SQL knowledge. I can maintain and install, and create a few scripts here and there. But not enough to be called a DBA or Cloud Boff. However, I decided this would be an awesome thing to learn how to do. So, during the course of man flu, about 40 hours of crunch time, I can now install, configure and maintain a SQL AlwaysON AG with Listener on Azure.
So, lets get cracking.
- 1x Domain Controller
- 1x Service account for the SQL Server Service and for the SQL Server Agent Service
- 1x Delegated permissions on AD for the cluster to create computer objects.
- 1x Load balancer (on Azure)
- 2x Windows Servers installed with a minimum of SQL 2012 installed
- Shared location on each node (this will be used for adding DBs to the using a “Full” model)
Some of these pre-requisites are listed in this post – so don’t worry if you don’t know how to do certain things.