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sp_addmergepublication (Transact-SQL)

Updated: 12 December 2006

Creates a new merge publication. This stored procedure is executed at the Publisher on the database that is being published.

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sp_addmergepublication [ @publication = ] 'publication' 
    [ , [ @description = ] 'description' 
    [ , [ @retention = ] retention ] 
    [ , [ @sync_mode = ] 'sync_mode' ] 
    [ , [ @allow_push = ] 'allow_push' ] 
    [ , [ @allow_pull = ] 'allow_pull' ] 
    [ , [ @allow_anonymous = ] 'allow_anonymous' ] 
    [ , [ @enabled_for_internet = ] 'enabled_for_internet' ] 
    [ , [ @centralized_conflicts = ] 'centralized_conflicts' ] 
        [ , [ @dynamic_filters = ] 'dynamic_filters' ] 
    [ , [ @snapshot_in_defaultfolder = ] 'snapshot_in_default_folder' ] 
    [ , [ @alt_snapshot_folder = ] 'alternate_snapshot_folder' ] 
        [ , [ @pre_snapshot_script = ] 'pre_snapshot_script' ] 
    [ , [ @post_snapshot_script = ] 'post_snapshot_script' ] 
    [ , [ @compress_snapshot = ] 'compress_snapshot' ] 
    [ , [ @ftp_address = ] 'ftp_address' ] 
    [ , [ @ftp_port = ] ftp_port ] 
    [ , [ @ftp_subdirectory = ] 'ftp_subdirectory' ] 
    [ , [ @ftp_login = ] 'ftp_login' ] 
    [ , [ @ftp_password = ] 'ftp_password' ] 
    [ , [ @conflict_retention = ] conflict_retention ] 
    [ , [ @keep_partition_changes = ] 'keep_partition_changes' ] 
    [ , [ @allow_subscription_copy = ] 'allow_subscription_copy' ] 
    [ , [ @allow_synctoalternate = ] 'allow_synctoalternate' ] 
    [ , [ @validate_subscriber_info = ] 'validate_subscriber_info' ] 
    [ , [ @add_to_active_directory = ] 'add_to_active_directory' ] 
    [ , [ @max_concurrent_merge = ] maximum_concurrent_merge ] 
    [ , [ @max_concurrent_dynamic_snapshots = ] max_concurrent_dynamic_snapshots ]
    [ , [ @use_partition_groups = ] 'use_partition_groups' ]
    [ , [ @publication_compatibility_level = ] 'backward_comp_level' ]
    [ , [ @replicate_ddl = ] replicate_ddl ]
    [ , [ @allow_subscriber_initiated_snapshot = ] 'allow_subscriber_initiated_snapshot' ] 
    [ , [ @allow_web_synchronization = ] 'allow_web_synchronization' ] 
    [ , [ @web_synchronization_url = ] 'web_synchronization_url' ]
    [ , [ @allow_partition_realignment = ] 'allow_partition_realignment' ]
    [ , [ @retention_period_unit = ] 'retention_period_unit' ]
    [ , [ @generation_leveling_threshold = ] generation_leveling_threshold ]
    [ , [ @automatic_reinitialization_policy = ] automatic_reinitialization_policy ]
    [ , [ @conflict_logging = ] 'conflict_logging' ]
[ @publication=] 'publication'

Is the name of the merge publication to create. publication is sysname, with no default, and must not be the keyword ALL. The name of the publication must be unique within the database.

[ @description=] 'description'

Is the publication description. description is nvarchar(255), with a default of NULL.

[ @retention=] retention

Is the retention period, in retention period units, for which to save changes for the given publication. retention is int, with a default of 14 units. Retention period units are defined by retention_period_unit. If the subscription is not synchronized within the retention period, and the pending changes it would have received have been removed by a clean-up operation at the Distributor, the subscription expires and must be reinitialized. The maximum allowable retention period is the number of days between Dec. 31, 9999 and the current date.

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The retention period for merge publications has a 24 hour grace period to accommodate Subscribers in different time zones. If, for example, you set a retention period of one day, the actual retention period is 48 hours.

[ @sync_mode=] 'sync_mode'

Is the mode of the initial synchronization of subscribers to the publication. sync_mode is nvarchar(10), and can be one of the following values.

Value Description

native (default)

Produces native-mode bulk copy program output of all tables.

character

Produces character-mode bulk copy program output of all tables. Required to support SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition and non-SQL Server Subscribers.

[ @allow_push=] 'allow_push'

Specifies if push subscriptions can be created for the given publication. allow_push is nvarchar(5), with a default of TRUE, which allows push subscriptions on the publication.

[ @allow_pull=] 'allow_pull'

Specifies if pull subscriptions can be created for the given publication. allow_pull is nvarchar(5), with a default of TRUE, which allows pull subscriptions on the publication. You must specify true to support SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Subscribers.

[ @allow_anonymous=] 'allow_anonymous'

Specifies if anonymous subscriptions can be created for the given publication. allow_anonymous is nvarchar(5), with a default of TRUE, which allows anonymous subscriptions on the publication. You must specify true to support SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Subscribers.

[ @enabled_for_internet=] 'enabled_for_internet'

Specifies if the publication is enabled for the Internet, and determines if file transfer protocol (FTP) can be used to transfer the snapshot files to a subscriber. enabled_for_internet is nvarchar(5), with a default of FALSE. If true, the synchronization files for the publication are put into the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL\MSSQL.x\Repldata\Ftp directory. The user must create the Ftp directory. If false, the publication is not enabled for Internet access.

[ @centralized_conflicts =] 'centralized_conflicts'

This parameter has been deprecated and is only supported for the backward compatibility of scripts. Use conflict_logging to specify the location where conflict records are stored.

[ @dynamic_filters =] 'dynamic_filters'

Enables the merge publication to use parameterized row filters. dynamic_filters is nvarchar(5), with a default of FALSE.

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You should not specify this parameter but instead allow SQL Server to automatically determine if parameterized row filters are being used. If you specify a value of true for dynamic_filters, you must define a parameterized row filter for the article. For more information, see How to: Define and Modify a Parameterized Row Filter for a Merge Article (Replication Transact-SQL Programming).

[ @snapshot_in_defaultfolder = ] 'snapshot_in_default_folder'

Specifies if the snapshot files are stored in the default folder. snapshot_in_default_folder is nvarchar(5), with a default of TRUE. If true, snapshot files can be found in the default folder. If false, snapshot files will be stored in the alternate location specified by alternate_snapshot_folder. Alternate locations can be on another server, on a network drive, or on a removable media (such as CD-ROM or removable disks). You can also save the snapshot files to a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site, for retrieval by the Subscriber at a later time. Note that this parameter can be true and still have a location specified by alt_snapshot_folder. This combination specifies that the snapshot files will be stored in both the default and alternate locations.

[ @alt_snapshot_folder = ] 'alternate_snapshot_folder'

Specifies the location of the alternate folder for the snapshot. alternate_snapshot_folder is nvarchar(255), with a default of NULL.

[ @pre_snapshot_script = ] 'pre_snapshot_script'

Specifies a pointer to an .sql file location. pre_snapshot_script is nvarchar(255), with a default of NULL. The Merge Agent will run the pre-snapshot script before any of the replicated object scripts when applying the snapshot at a Subscriber. The script is executed in the security context used by the Merge Agent when connecting to the subscription database. Pre-snapshot scripts are not run on SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Subscribers.

[ @post_snapshot_script = ] 'post_snapshot_script'

Specifies a pointer to an .sql file location. post_snapshot_script is nvarchar(255), with a default of NULL. The Merge Agent will run the post-snapshot script after all the other replicated object scripts and data have been applied during an initial synchronization. The script is executed in the security context used by the Merge Agent when connecting to the subscription database. Post-snapshot scripts are not run on SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Subscribers.

[ @compress_snapshot = ] 'compress_snapshot'

Specifies that the snapshot written to the @alt_snapshot_folder location is to be compressed into the Microsoft CAB format. compress_snapshot is nvarchar(5), with a default of FALSE. false specifies that the snapshot will not be compressed; true specifies that the snapshot is to be compressed. Snapshot files that are larger than 2GB cannot be compressed. Compressed snapshot files are uncompressed at the location where the Merge Agent runs; pull subscriptions are typically used with compressed snapshots so that files are uncompressed at the Subscriber. The snapshot in the default folder cannot be compressed. You must specify false to support SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Subscribers.

[ @ftp_address = ] 'ftp_address'

Is the network address of the FTP service for the Distributor. ftp_address is sysname, with a default of NULL. Specifies where publication snapshot files are located for the Merge Agent of a subscriber to pick up. Since this property is stored for each publication, each publication can have a different ftp_address. The publication must support propagating snapshots using FTP.

[ @ftp_port= ] ftp_port

Is the port number of the FTP service for the Distributor. ftp_port is int, with a default of 21. Specifies where the publication snapshot files are located for the Merge Agent of a subscriber to pick up. Since this property is stored for each publication, each publication can have its own ftp_port.

[ @ftp_subdirectory = ] 'ftp_subdirectory'

Specifies where the snapshot files will be available for the Merge Agent of the subscriber to pick up if the publication supports propagating snapshots using FTP. ftp_subdirectory is nvarchar(255), with a default of NULL. Since this property is stored for each publication, each publication can have its own ftp_subdirctory or choose to have no subdirectory, indicated with a NULL value.

When pre-generating snapshots for publications with parameterized filters, the data snapshot for each Subscriber partition needs to be in its own folder. The directory structure for pre-generated snapshots using FTP must obey the following structure:

alternate_snapshot_folder\ftp\publisher_publicationDB_publication\partitionID.

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The values above in italics will depend on the specifics of the publication and Subscriber partition.

[ @ftp_login = ] 'ftp_login'

Is the username used to connect to the FTP service. ftp_login is sysname, with a default of 'anonymous'.

[ @ftp_password = ] 'ftp_password'

Is the user password used to connect to the FTP service. ftp_password is sysname, with a default of NULL.

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Do not use a blank password. Use a strong password.

[ @conflict_retention = ] conflict_retention

Specifies the retention period, in days, for which conflicts are retained. conflict_retention is int, with a default of 14 days before the conflict row is purged from the conflict table.

[ @keep_partition_changes = ] 'keep_partition_changes'

Specifies whether to enable partition change optimizations when precomputed partitions cannot be used. keep_partition_changes is nvarchar(5), with a default of TRUE. false means that partition changes are not optimized, and when precomputed partitions are not used, the partitions sent to all Subscribers will be verified when data changes in a partition. true means that partition changes are optimized, and only Subscribers having rows in the changed partitions are affected. When using precomputed partitions, set use_partition_groups to true and set keep_partition_changes to false. For more information, see Optimizing Parameterized Filter Performance with Precomputed Partitions.

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If you specify a value of true for keep_partition_changes, specify a value of 1 for the Snapshot Agent parameter -MaxNetworkOptimization. For more information about this parameter, see Replication Snapshot Agent. For information about specifying agent parameters, see Administering Replication Agents.

[ @allow_subscription_copy = ] 'allow_subscription_copy'

Enables or disables the ability to copy the subscription databases that subscribe to this publication. allow_subscription_copy is nvarchar(5), with a default of FALSE. The size of the subscription database being copied must be less than 2 gigabytes (GB).

[ @allow_synctoalternate = ] 'allow_synctoalternate'

Enables an alternate synchronization partner to synchronize with this Publisher. allow_synctoalternate is nvarchar(5), with a default of FALSE. Alternate synchronization partners are not supported for SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Subscribers.

[ @validate_subscriber_info = ] 'validate_subscriber_info'

Lists the functions that are used to define a Subscriber partition of the published data when parameterized row filters are used. validate_subscriber_info is nvarchar(500), with a default of NULL. This information is used by the Merge Agent to validate the Subscriber's partition. For example, if SUSER_SNAME (Transact-SQL) is used in the parameterized row filter, the parameter should be @validate_subscriber_info=N'SUSER_SNAME()'.

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You should not specify this parameter but instead allow SQL Server to automatically determine the filtering criterion.

[ @add_to_active_directory = ] 'add_to_active_directory'

This parameter has been deprecated and is only supported for the backward compatibility of scripts. You can no longer add publication information to the Microsoft Active Directory.

[ @max_concurrent_merge = ] maximum_concurrent_merge

The maximum number of concurrent merge processes. maximum_concurrent_merge is int with a default of 0. A value of 0 for this property means that there is no limit to the number of concurrent merge processes running at any given time. This property sets a limit on the number of concurrent merge processes that can be run against a merge publication at one time. If there are more merge processes scheduled at the same time than the value allows to run, then the excess jobs will be put into a queue and wait until a currently-running merge process finishes.

[ @max_concurrent_dynamic_snapshots =] max_concurrent_dynamic_snapshots

The maximum number of Snapshot Agent sessions that can be run concurrently to generate filtered data snapshots for Subscriber partitions. maximum_concurrent_dynamic_snapshots is int with a default of 0. If 0, there is no limit to the number snapshot sessions. If there are more snapshot processes scheduled at the same time than the value allows to run, then the excess jobs will be put into a queue and wait until a currently-running snapshot process finishes.

[ @use_partition_groups= ] 'use_partition_groups'

Specifies that precomputed partitions should be used to optimize the synchronization process. use_partition_groups is nvarchar(5), and can be one of these values:

Value Description

true

Publication uses precomputed partitions.

false

Publication does not use precomputed partitions.

NULL(default)

System decides on the partitioning strategy.

Precomputed partitions are used by default. To avoid using precomputed partitions, use_partition_groups must be set to false. When NULL, the system will decide if precomputed partitions can be used. If precomputed partitions cannot be used, then this value will effectively become false without generating any errors. In such cases, keep_partition_changes can be set to true to provide some optimization. For more information, see Parameterized Row Filters and Optimizing Parameterized Filter Performance with Precomputed Partitions.

[ @publication_compatibility_level= ] backward_comp_level

Indicates the backward compatibility of the publication. backward_comp_level is nvarchar(6), and can be one of these values:

Value Version

70RTM

Microsoft SQL Server 7.0

70SP1

SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 1

70SP2

SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 2

70SP3

SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 3

70SP4

SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 4

80RTM

Microsoft SQL Server 2000

80SP1

SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 1

80SP3 (default)

SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3

90RTM

Microsoft SQL Server 2005

[ @replicate_ddl= ] replicate_ddl

Indicates if schema replication is supported for the publication. replicate_ddl is int, with a default of 1. 1 indicates that data definition language (DDL) statements executed at the publisher are replicated, and 0 indicates that DDL statements are not replicated. For more information, see Making Schema Changes on Publication Databases.

[ @allow_subscriber_initiated_snapshot= ] 'allow_subscriber_initiated_snapshot'

Indicates if Subscribers to this publication can initiate the snapshot process to generate the filtered snapshot for their data partition. allow_subscriber_initiated_snapshot is nvarchar(5), with a default of FALSE. true indicates that Subscribers can initiate the snapshot process.

[ @allow_web_synchronization = ] 'allow_web_synchronization'

Specifies if the publication is enabled for Web synchronization. allow_web_synchronization is nvarchar(5), with a default of FALSE. true specifies that subscriptions to this publication can be synchronized over HTTPS. For more information, see Web Synchronization for Merge Replication. You must specify true to support SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Subscribers.

[ @web_synchronization_url= ] 'web_synchronization_url'

Specifies the default value of the Internet URL used for Web synchronization. web_synchronization_url is nvarchar(500), with a default of NULL. Defines the default Internet URL if one is not explicitly set when sp_addmergepullsubscription_agent is executed.

[ @allow_partition_realignment = ] 'allow_partition_realignment']

Determines whether deletes are sent to the subscriber when modification of the row on the publisher causes it to change its partition. allow_partition_realignment is nvarchar(5), with a default of TRUE. true sends deletes to the Subscriber to reflect the results of a partition change by removing data that is no longer part of the Subscriber's partition. false leaves the data from an old partition on the Subscriber, where changes made to this data on the Publisher will not replicate to this Subscriber, but changes made on the Subscriber will replicate to the Publisher. Setting allow_partition_realignment to false is used to retain data in a subscription from an old partition when the data needs to be accessible for historical purposes.

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Data that remains at the Subscriber as a result of setting allow_partition_realignment to false should be treated as if it were read-only; however, this is not enforced by the replication system.

[ @retention_period_unit= ] 'retention_period_unit'

Specifies the units for the retention period set by retention. retention_period_unit is nvarchar(10), and can be one of the following values.

Value Version

day (default)

Retention period is specified in days.

week

Retention period is specified in weeks.

month

Retention period is specified in months.

year

Retention period is specified in years.

[ @generation_leveling_threshold = ] generation_leveling_threshold

Specifies the number of changes that are contained in a generation. A generation is a collection of changes that are delivered to a Publisher or Subscriber. generation_leveling_threshold is int, with a default value of 1000. For more information, see How Merge Replication Tracks and Enumerates Changes.

[ @automatic_reinitialization_policy = ] automatic_reinitialization_policy

Specifies whether changes are uploaded from the Subscriber before an automatic reinitialization required by a change to the publication, where a value of 1 was specified for @force_reinit_subscription. automatic_reinitialization_policy is bit, with a default value of 0. 1 means that changes are uploaded from the Subscriber before an automatic reinitialization occurs.

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If you add, drop, or change a parameterized filter, pending changes at the Subscriber cannot be uploaded to the Publisher during reinitialization. If you want to upload pending changes, synchronize all subscriptions before changing the filter.

[ @conflict_logging = ] 'conflict_logging'

Specifies where conflict records are stored. conflict_logging is nvarchar(15), and can be one of the following values:

Value Description

publisher

Conflict records are stored at the Publisher.

subscriber

Conflict records are stored at the Subscriber that caused the conflict. Not supported for SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Subscribers.

both

Conflict records are stored at both the Publisher and Subscriber.

NULL (default)

Replication automatically sets conflict_logging to both when the value backward_comp_level is 90RTM and to publisher in all other cases.

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

sp_addmergepublication is used in merge replication.

To list publication objects to the Active Directory using the @add_to_active_directory parameter, the SQL Server object must already be created in the Active Directory.

If multiple publications exist that publish the same database object, only publications with a replicate_ddl value of 1 will replicate ALTER TABLE, ALTER VIEW, ALTER PROCEDURE, ALTER FUNCTION, and ALTER TRIGGER DDL statements. However, an ALTER TABLE DROP COLUMN DDL statement will be replicated by all publications that are publishing the dropped column.

For SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Subscribers, the value of alternate_snapshot_folder is only used when the value of snapshot_in_default_folder is false.

With DDL replication enabled (replicate_ddl = 1) for a publication, in order to make non-replicating DDL changes to the publication, sp_changemergepublication must first be executed to set replicate_ddl to 0. After the non-replicating DDL statements have been issued, sp_changemergepublication can be run again to turn DDL replication back on.

Only members of the sysadmin fixed server role or db_owner fixed database role can execute sp_addmergepublication.

-- To avoid storing the login and password in the script file, the value 
-- is passed into SQLCMD as a scripting variable. For information about 
-- how to use scripting variables on the command line and in SQL Server
-- Management Studio, see the "Executing Replication Scripts" section in
-- the topic "Programming Replication Using System Stored Procedures".

--Declarations for adding a merge publication
DECLARE @publicationDB AS sysname;
DECLARE @publication AS sysname;
DECLARE @login AS sysname;
DECLARE @password AS sysname;
SET @publicationDB = N'AdventureWorks'; 
SET @publication = N'AdvWorksSalesOrdersMerge'; 
SET @login = $(Login);
SET @password = $(Password);

-- Enable merge replication on the publication database, using defaults.
USE master
EXEC sp_replicationdboption 
  @dbname=@publicationDB, 
  @optname=N'merge publish',
  @value = N'true' 

-- Create a new merge publication, explicitly setting the defaults. 
USE [AdventureWorks]
EXEC sp_addmergepublication 
-- These parameters are optional.
  @publication = @publication,
  -- optional parameters 
  @description = N'Merge publication of AdventureWorks.',
  @publication_compatibility_level  = N'90RTM';

-- Create a new snapshot job for the publication.
EXEC sp_addpublication_snapshot 
  @publication = @publication, 
  @job_login = @login, 
  @job_password = @password;
GO

Release History

12 December 2006

New content:
  • Added information about how to use the Snapshot Agent parameter -MaxNetworkOptimization.
  • Added information about the generation_leveling_threshold parameter.
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