Sunday, 26 March 2017 07:37

Failed to Re-add Recovered Exchange 2016 Server to DAG

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You may receive the following error when you tried to re-add a recovered Exchange 2016 Mailbox server back to Database Availability Group (DAG).

A server-side database availability group administrative operation failed. Error The operation failed. CreateCluster
errors may result from incorrectly configured static addresses. Error: An error occurred while attempting a cluster
operation. Error: Node EX16-01 is already joined to a cluster..

You may also see that the following error when trying to run the command "Set-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup". Please note I ran the command from the cluster node which I was trying to add to DAG.
The following servers in the Windows Failover Cluster are not in Active Directory: ex16-01. This is usually the result
of an incomplete membership change (add or remove) of the database availabilty group.

The above error usually the result of disabled cluster service, or AD replication errors.


It is evident that, some stale entries or communication error stops from adding recovered exchange server to the DAG cluster. Before you start any process to forcefully remove or add, try to do a force replication of Active Directory and repeat the usual procedures. If the results are same, follow the below process.

Run the following command from a healthy DAG Member.

1. Forcefully Remove cluster node which you failed to join the DAG cluster. In my case, I was trying to re-add the node ex16-01 back to the DAG02 Database Availability Group.

Get-ClusterNode ex16-01 | Remove-ClusterNode -Force

Wait for 10 - 15 minutes, so that the replication happens.

2. Run the command Add-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer with the node we want to add to cluster.

Add-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer -Identity DAG02 -MailboxServer EX16-01

3. Verify the Database Availability Group status,

[PS] C:\Windows\system32>Get-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup DAG02 | fl Name,Started*

Name : DAG02
StartedMailboxServers : {,,}

Following screen shot shows the chronology for your better understanding.


Post this, you may proceed with adding database copies or additional cluster operations.


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