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How to get the Always On Availability Group DNS name per database

22 March,2021 by Tom Collins

Question: How can I get a list of databases on an Always On Availability Groups setup , along with the DNS name ? I need the  DNS name of the listener hostname 


Answer: This query will list a group of databases associated with availability groups in a Clustered Always On setup .  The sys.availability_group_listeners view as defined on Microsoft docs "For each Always On availability group, returns either zero rows indicating that no network name is associated with the availability group, or returns a row for each availability-group listener configuration in the Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) cluster."

This query uses a left join to the sys.availability_group_listeners  view. If you execute the same query on a Clusterless Always On set up , you will return a list of databases within the Availability Groups but with NULL as the  DNS name. If you execute in a Clustered i.e with listeners , than the DNS_NAME column will be populated with the hostname of the availability group listeners. 


select distinct, GL.dns_name, 
sys.dm_hadr_availability_replica_cluster_nodes CN
join sys.availability_groups AG on = CN.group_name 
join sys.availability_replicas AR on AR.group_id= AG.group_id 
join sys.databases DB on AR.replica_id= DB.replica_id 
left outer join sys.availability_group_listeners GL on GL.group_id = AG.group_id

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