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Fix Replication Lag

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  • Alert Conditions
  • Common Triggers
  • Fix the Immediate Problem
  • Implement a Long-Term Solution
  • Monitor Your Progress

At time T, the last write operation applied on the specified secondary of replica set ABC was behind the most recent operation applied on the primary.

You can configure alert conditions in the project-level alert settings page to trigger alerts.

To learn more about the alert condition, see Replication Lag is.

  • An idle replica set. The reported replication lag is actually just the time since the last write. Replication lag is calculated between the last operation time on the primary and the time of the last operation received by the secondary. If a replica set is only written to once every 10 minutes, the replication lag will be 10 minutes just after the write is made to the primary and just prior to the next write being replicated to the secondary.

  • The secondary is under-provisioned, which means it needs more allocated resources, and cannot keep up with the primary (common if using secondaries for read scaling).

  • There is insufficient bandwidth, or some other networking problem, between the primary and secondary.

  • Adjust the settings for this alert to only trigger if the replication lag persists for longer than 2 minutes. This will reduce the chances of a false positive.

  • Resolve networking issues between the primary and secondary.

To learn more, see Troubleshoot Replica Sets in the MongoDB manual.

  • Increase bandwidth between the primary and secondary.

  • Move (or upgrade in place) the secondary to a machine that is identically (or better) provisioned to the current primary.

View the following charts to monitor your progress:

  • Network

    Monitor network metrics to track network performance.

  • Replication Headroom

    Monitor replication headroom to determine whether the secondary might fall off the oplog.

  • Replication Lag

    Monitor replication lag to determine whether the secondary might fall off the oplog.

To learn more, see View Deployment Metrics.

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