sp_changedistributiondb (Transact-SQL)
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sp_changedistributiondb (Transact-SQL)

Changes the properties of the distribution database. This stored procedure is executed at the Distributor on any database.

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sp_changedistributiondb [ @database= ] 'database' 
    [ , [ @property= ] 'property' ] 
    [ , [ @value= ] 'value' ]

[ @database=] 'database'

Is the name of the distribution database. database is sysname, with no default.

[ @property=] 'property'

Is the property to change for the given database. property is sysname, and can be one of these values.

Value Description


History table retention period.


Maximum distribution retention period.


Minimum distribution retention period.

NULL (default)

All available property values are printed.

[ @value=] 'value'

Is the new value for the specified property. value is nvarchar(255), with a default of NULL.

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

sp_changedistributiondb is used in all types of replication.

Only members of the sysadmin fixed server role can execute sp_changedistributiondb.

DECLARE @distributionDB AS sysname;
SET @distributionDB = N'distribution';

-- Change the history retention period to 24 hours and the
-- maximum retention period to 48 hours.  
USE distribution
EXEC sp_changedistributiondb @distributionDB, N'history_retention', 24
EXEC sp_changedistributiondb @distributionDB, N'max_distretention', 48

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