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Connecting Talend to an MS SQL Server DB with 'applicationIntent=ReadOnly'

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Out of the box, Talend uses the open source jTDS driver to connect to MS SQL Server databases. This driver however does not support connecting to an AlwaysOn enabled database. A generic jdbc driver would have to be used as a work-around.

By connecting to MS SQL Server DB with applicationIntent=ReadOnly, the client requests a read-only workload when connecting to an AlwaysOn enabled database. The server will enforce the intent at connection time and during a USE database statement but only to an AlwaysOn enabled database. The applicationIntent keyword is used to enable read-only routing.

By default, Talend uses the open-source free JDTS driver to connect to MSSQL in all Talend MSSQL components. Unfortunately, the jtds driver does not [yet] support this method of connecting to MSSQL DBs.

Here’s what the generated code looks like – using the JDTS driver:


Here’s what the generated code looks like – using SQL Server native driver:


The easiest alternative to follow is to use the tJDBC* components in Talend and configure them to use the native MSSQL driver. Here’s what the job looks like in Talend:


Download the sqljdbc4.jar file and add to your component as shown. Here are the connection string and driver class to edit and use in your job:

  • "jdbc:sqlserver://hostserver:1433;databaseName=mydb;applicationIntent=ReadOnly"
  • "com.microsoft.sqlserver.jdbc.SQLServerDriver"



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Will Munji

Will Munji is a seasoned data integration, data warehousing and business intelligence (BI) architect & developer who has been working in the DW/BI space for a while. He got his start in BI working on Brio SQR (later Hyperion SQR) and the Crystal Decisions stack (Reports, Analysis & Enterprise) and SAP BusinessObjects / Microsoft BI stacks. He currently focuses on Talend Data Management Suite, Hadoop, SAP BusinessObjects BI stack as well as Jaspersoft and Tableau. He has consulted for many organizations across a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, retail, insurance and banking. At Kindle Consulting, Will delivers DW/BI/Data Integration solutions that range from front-end BI development (dashboards, reports, cube development, T-SQL/ PL/SQL ...) to data services (ETL/ DI development), data warehouse architecture and development, data integration to BI Architecture design and deployment.

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