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Lesson 1: Publishing Data Using Transactional Replication

In this lesson, you will create a transactional publication using SQL Server Management Studio to publish a filtered subset of the Product table in the AdventureWorks2012 sample database. You will also add the SQL Server login used by the Distribution Agent to the publication access list (PAL). Before starting this tutorial, you should have completed the previous tutorial, Preparing the Server for Replication.

To create a publication and define articles

  1. Connect to the Publisher in SQL Server Management Studio, and then expand the server node.

  2. Expand the Replication folder, right-click the Local Publications folder, and click New Publication.

    The Publication Configuration Wizard launches.

  3. On the Publication Database page, select AdventureWorks2012 , and then click Next.

  4. On the Publication Type page, select Transactional publication, and then click Next.

  5. On the Articles page, expand the Tables node, select the Product check box, then expand Product and clear the ListPrice and StandardCost check boxes. Click Next.

  6. On the Filter Table Rows page, click Add.

  7. In the Add Filter dialog box, click the SafetyStockLevel column, click the right arrow to add the column to the Filter statement WHERE clause of the filter query, and modify the WHERE clause as follows:

    WHERE [SafetyStockLevel] < 500
    
  8. Click OK, and then click Next.

  9. Select the Create a snapshot immediately and keep the snapshot available to initialize subscriptions check box, and click Next.

  10. On the Agent Security page, clear Use the security settings from the Snapshot Agent check box.

  11. Click Security Settings for the Snapshot Agent, enter <Machine_Name>\repl_snapshot in the Process account box, supply the password for this account, and then click OK.

  12. Repeat the previous step to set repl_logreader as the process account for the Log Reader Agent, and then click Finish.

  13. On the Complete the Wizard page, type AdvWorksProductTrans in the Publication name box, and click Finish.

  14. After the publication is created, click Close to complete the wizard.

To view the status of snapshot generation

  1. Connect to the Publisher in SQL Server Management Studio, expand the server node, and then expand the Replication folder.

  2. In the Local Publications folder, right-click AdvWorksProductTrans, and then click View Snapshot Agent Status.

  3. The current status of the Snapshot Agent job for the publication is displayed. Verify that the snapshot job has succeeded before you continue to the next lesson.

To add the Distribution Agent login to the PAL

  1. Connect to the Publisher in SQL Server Management Studio, expand the server node, and then expand the Replication folder.

  2. In the Local Publications folder, right-click AdvWorksProductTrans, and then click Properties.

    The Publication Properties dialog box is displayed.

  3. Select the Publication Access List page, and click Add.

  4. \In the Add Publication Access dialog box, select <Machine_Name>\repl_distribution and click OK. Click OK.

You have successfully created the transactional publication. Next, you will subscribe to this publication. See Lesson 2: Creating a Subscription to the Transactional Publication.

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