Best Way to Upgrade SQL Server Replication Servers RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a 3 server transactional replication configuration:

    Server A (SQL 2008R2 and WinSvr 2008R2) is a publisher of database DB1.  It is a business critical OLTP VM which is used 24/7.

    Server B (SQL 2008R2 and WinSvr 2008R2) is the distributor.  It is also a subscriber of database DB1 and a publisher of database DB1.  The sole purpose of this server is to handle DB1 data requests separate from Server A.

    Server C (SQL 2016 and WinSvr 2016) is a subscriber to DB1 from Server B.


    Last year we upgraded Server C to SQL 2016.  This year we want to upgrade Server B.

    At first I thought this would be easy.  We would just stand up a new VM (Server B2) and then I would create a new publication on Server A that would replicate to Server B2, leaving our original replication stream from Server B to Server C intact.

    Once we verified that the 1st part of the replication stream from Server A to server B2 was functioning properly, we could delete the subscription on C and recreate it to read from the new B2 replication server.

    However, I don't think that I can have a publication database that points to 2 distributors.  Does someone have some suggestions for how we might be able to upgrade this server?

    Also, we have plans to upgrade Server A next year, but it's been determined that it would be too risky to upgrade them both at the same time.

    Thursday, November 21, 2019 7:51 PM

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  • Hi KathyGibson


    The current replication architecture you described is a bit hard to understand, Would you please re-describe it?


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    Dedmon Dai

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    Friday, November 22, 2019 9:44 AM