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SQL Server 2000

  New Information - SQL Server 2000 SP3.

Copies the snapshot folder of the specified publication to the folder listed in the @destination_folder. This stored procedure is executed at the Publisher on the publication database. This stored procedure is useful for copying a snapshot to removable media, such as CD-ROM.


sp_copysnapshot [ @publication = ] 'publication'
    , [ @destination_folder = ] 'destination_folder' ]
    [ , [ @subscriber = ] 'subscriber' ]
    [ , [ @subscriber_db = ] 'subscriber_db' ]


[@publication = ] 'publication'

Is the name of the publication whose snapshot contents are to be copied. publication is sysname, with no default.

[@destination_folder = ] 'destination_folder'

Is the name of the folder where the contents of the publication snapshot are to be copied. destination_folder is nvarchar(255), with no default. The destination_folder can be an alternate location such as on another server, on a network drive, or on removable media (such as CD-ROMs or removable disks).

[@subscriber = ] 'subscriber'

Is the name of the Subscriber. subscriber is sysname, with a default of NULL.

[@subscriber_db = ] 'subscriber_db'

Is the name of the subscription database. subscriber_db is sysname, with a default of NULL.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)


sp_copysnapshot is used in all types of replication. Subscribers running Microsoft® SQL Server™ version 7.0 and earlier cannot use the alternate snapshot location.


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

See Also

Alternate Snapshot Locations

System Stored Procedures

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