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I'm setting up my SQL Server into a failover configuration and wonder if I need the SQL Witness.  I want failover to occur automatically.  If I do need SQL Witness, how do I ensure it's redundancy?  It seems like a real chicken and egg problem.
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You will need the witness for automatic failover. If the primary and secondary servers are up and if the witness goes down, it wouldn't initiate an automatic failover (which is the expected behavior) as long as the primary and secondary can communicate. There are ways of ensuring redundancy of the witness - clustering of the witness server(s) is one option.
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