Specify Endpoint URL - Adding or Modifying Availability Replica

Applies to: SQL Server

To host an availability replica for an availability group, a server instance must possess a database mirroring endpoint. The server instance uses this endpoint to listen for Always On availability groups messages from availability replicas hosted by other server instances. To define an availability replica for an availability group, you must specify the endpoint URL of the server instance that will host the replica. The endpoint URL identifies the transport protocol of the database mirroring endpoint-TCP, the system address of the server instance, and the port number associated with the endpoint.


The term "endpoint URL" is synonymous with the term "server network address" used by the database mirroring user interface and documentation.

Syntax for an Endpoint URL

The syntax for an endpoint URL is of the form:



  • <system-address> is a string that unambiguously identifies the target computer system. Typically, the server address is a system name (if the systems are in the same domain), a fully qualified domain name, or an IP address:

    • Because the nodes of Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) cluster are the same domain, you can use the name of the computer system; for example, SYSTEM46.

    • To use an IP address, it must be unique in your environment. We recommend that you use an IP address only if it is static. The IP address can be IP Version 4 (IPv4) or IP Version 6 (IPv6). An IPv6 address must be enclosed within square brackets, for example: [<IPv6_address>].

      To learn the IP address of a system, at the Windows command prompt, enter the ipconfig command.

    • The fully qualified domain name is guaranteed to work. This is a locally defined address string that takes different forms in different places. Often, but not always, a fully qualified domain name is a compound name that includes the computer name and a series of period-separated domain segments of the form:

      computer_name . domain_segment[....domain_segment]

      where computer_name is the network name of the computer running the server instance, and domain_segment[....domain_segment] is the remaining domain information of the server; for example: localinfo.corp.Adventure-Works.com.

      The content and number of domain segments are determined within the company or organization. For more information, see Finding the Fully Qualified Domain Name, later in this topic.

  • <port> is the port number used by the mirroring endpoint of the partner server instance.

    A database mirroring endpoint can use any available port on the computer system. Each port number must be associated with only one endpoint, and each endpoint is associated with a single server instance; thus, different server instances on the same server listen on different endpoints with different ports. Therefore, the port you specify in the endpoint URL when you specify an availability replica will always direct incoming messages to the server instance whose endpoint is associated with that port.

    IIn the endpoint URL, only the number of the port identifies the server instance that is associated with the mirroring endpoint on the target computer. The following figure illustrates the endpoint URLs of two server instances on a single computer. The default instance uses port 7022 and the named instance uses port 7033. The endpoint URL for these two server instances are, respectively: TCP://MYSYSTEM.Adventure-works.MyDomain.com:7022 and TCP://MYSYSTEM.Adventure-works.MyDomain.com:7033. Note that the address does not contain the name of the server instance.

    Server network addresses of a default instance

    To identify the port currently associated with database mirroring endpoint of a server instance, use the following Transact-SQL statement:

    SELECT type_desc, port FROM sys.TCP_endpoints  

    Find the row whose type_desc value is "DATABASE_MIRRORING," and use the corresponding port number.


To use Kerberos authentication for the communication between availability group endpoints, register a Service Principal Name for Kerberos Connections for the database mirroring endpoints used by the AG.


A. Using a system name

The following endpoint URL specifies a system name, SYSTEM46, and port 7022.


B. Using a fully qualified domain name

The following endpoint URL specifies a fully qualified domain name, DBSERVER8.manufacturing.Adventure-Works.com, and port 7024.


C. Using IPv4

The following endpoint URL specifies an IPv4 address,, and port 7023.


D. Using IPv6

The following endpoint URL contains an IPv6 address, 2001:4898:23:1002:20f:1fff:feff:b3a3, and port 7022.


Finding the Fully Qualified Domain Name of A System

To find the fully qualified domain name of a system, at the Windows command prompt on that system, enter:


To form the fully qualified domain name, concatenate the values of*<host_name>* and <Primary_Dns_Suffix> as follows:

<host_name> . <Primary_Dns_Suffix>

For example, the IP configuration

Host Name . . . . . . : MYSERVER

Primary Dns Suffix . . . : mydomain.Adventure-Works.com

equates to the following fully qualified domain name:



If you need more information about a fully qualified domain name, see your system administrator.

Related Tasks

To Configure a Database Mirroring Endpoint

To View Information About the Database Mirroring Endpoint

To add an availability replica

Related Content

See Also

Creation and Configuration of Availability Groups (SQL Server)
Overview of Always On Availability Groups (SQL Server)