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There have been a lot of question asked about Vault’s support for SQL AlwaysOn configuration and I hope this will answer those questions. Autodesk Vault functions in a SQL failover cluster configuration in which Vault is unaware of the cluster and does not require reconfiguration when a failover occurs. This SQL configuration known as the AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances (FCI). More information about this configuration can be found at AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances. Before configuring this feature, Windows Server must be configured for Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC). The image below illustrates Vault with a SQL failover cluster.


Attached to this post is a guideline on how to configure Microsoft SQL Server as a cluster to work with Autodesk Vault server. This document
does not cover best practices for SQL Server or the cluster configuration. Autodesk recommends consulting with Microsoft’s documentation for configuration and best practice details.

Download SQL Cluster Configuration for Autodesk Vault

 – Irvin Hayes Jr, Vault Product Manager

Irvin Hayes Jr.

Irvin is a Product Manager on the Autodesk Vault team based in Novi, Michigan. He helps partners, consulting and sales develop Vault deployment plans in enterprise environments and system requirements. You can find multiple classes Irvin has presented at Autodesk University, ( on a wide range of Vault topics. Irvin is a technology geek and loves sharing with the community on Twitter (@ihayesjr) and Flipboard Magazine. Disclaimer If you need an official Autodesk company response or a contact for press-related activities please contact Autodesk Public Relations. The posts on this blog are the authors' own personal opinions and do not represent their employer's view in any way. In addition, their thoughts and opinions often change, and as a weblog is intended to provide a semi-permanent point-in-time snapshot you should not consider out-of-date posts to reflect their current thoughts and opinions.