I want something similar to mirroring, except the databases on both servers need to be active. Basically, the servers are pulling information into identical databases but need to be in a load balancing arrangement, and if one were to fail the other could pick up the load and have complete and current data. Is there a way to keep databases on two separate servers synchronized without going to a SAN solution?

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If this is only for failover purposes you could look at using log shipping or if you are running SQL Server 2005, you could look at using database mirroring. If you need to have both databases active all of the time, you would need to use SQL Server replication.

This was first published in September 2007

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