Microsoft SQL

Publisher Setup

  • Log into Studio Using the server name - and not localhost or ip address
  • Run Through Publisher Wizard
  1. Use “Transaction Publication” Publication Type
  2. Select Database & Table(s) you want to replicate
  3. Create Snapshot
  4. Use SQL Server Agent Service Account for Snapshot agent. SQLSERVERAGENT neeeds file access to the MSSQL\repldata folder.
  5. Enter Publisher Name - “gor_test”

This creates “distribution” mdf and ldf files in the MSSQL\DATA folder.


  1. Create database - but NOT any tables.
  2. I using the Push approch (pushed from Pubisher to Subscriber) - all config done on Publisher.
  3. Needed to add SQLSERVERAGENT with read / write access to the repldata folder
  4. Create a SQL user on the Subscriber with owners rights to the specific database.
  5. On the PUBLISHER in Subscriber Properties set this as the Subscriber Connection
  • You can add a new column at the end of your existing table
  • You cannot change the type of an existing Column - “unable to modify table - cannot drop the table 'dbo.myTable' because it is been used for replication
  • you cannot rename a column - because “it is published for replication”
  • You cannot add a new column and move it between two existing columns - as this needs to drop the table.
  • Stop Replication (Right Click - View Sync Status)
  • Remove Table from Article
  • Make the changes on Publisher which require the table to be doped and re-inserted.
  • Add table back into Article
  • Right Click Publisher and Reinitialize All Subscribers - select “Use a New snapshot / Generate the new snapshot now” - Mark for Re-initialization

This allows you to restore the master database, and also add the windows local administrator to add user with whatever rights necessary. e.g. sysadmin for local admin

  • Stop SQL Service
  • Start command window 'run as an administrator'.
  • Change to the the required Folder for sqlservr.exe , e.g. C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\Binn
  • Run below command
"sqlservr.exe -c -m"
select @@servername
select @@version
select serverproperty('edition')
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