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How to: View and Modify Publication and Article Properties (SQL Server Management Studio)

View and modify publication and article properties in the Publication Properties - <Publication> dialog box, which is available in Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and Replication Monitor. For information about starting Replication Monitor, see How to: Start Replication Monitor (Replication Monitor). After a publication is created, some property changes require a new snapshot. If a publication has subscriptions, some changes also require all subscriptions to be reinitialized. For more information, see Changing Publication and Article Properties and Adding Articles to and Dropping Articles from Existing Publications.

The Publication Properties - <Publication> dialog box includes the following pages:

  • The General page includes the publication name and description, the database name, the type of publication, and the subscription expiration settings.

  • The Articles page corresponds to the Articles page in the New Publication Wizard. Use this page to add and delete articles, and to change properties and column filtering for articles.

  • The Filter Rows page corresponds to the Filter Table Rows page in the New Publication Wizard. Use this page to add, edit, and delete static row filters for all types of publications, and to add, edit, and delete parameterized row filters and join filters for merge publications.

  • The Snapshot page allows you to specify the format and location of the snapshot, whether the snapshot should be compressed, and scripts to run before and after the snapshot is applied.

  • The FTP Snapshot page (for snapshot and transactional publications, and merge publications for Publishers running versions prior to SQL Server 2005) allows you to specify whether Subscribers can download snapshot files through File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

  • The FTP Snapshot and Internet page (for merge publications from Publishers running SQL Server 2005 or later) allows you to specify whether Subscribers can download snapshot files through FTP, and whether Subscribers can synchronize subscriptions through HTTPS.

  • The Subscription Options page allows you to set a number of options that apply to all subscriptions. The options differ depending on the type of publication.

  • The Publication Access List page allows you to specify which logins and groups can access a publication.

  • The Agent Security page allows you to access settings for the accounts under which the following agents run and make connections to the computers in a replication topology: the Snapshot Agent for all publications; the Log Reader Agent for all transactional publications; and the Queue Reader Agent for transactional publications that allow queued updating subscriptions.

  • The Data Partitions page (for merge publications from Publishers running SQL Server 2005 or later) allows you to specify whether Subscribers to publications with parameterized filters can request a snapshot if one is not available. It also allows you to generate snapshots for one or more partitions, either once or on a recurring schedule.

NoteNote

Some properties cannot be modified after a publication has been created, and others cannot be modified if there are subscriptions to the publication. Properties that cannot be modified are displayed as read-only.

To view and modify publication properties in Management Studio

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

  2. Expand the Replication folder, and then expand the Local Publications folder.

  3. Right-click a publication, and then click Properties.

  4. Modify any properties if necessary, and then click OK.

To view and modify publication properties in Replication Monitor

  1. Expand a Publisher group in the left pane of Replication Monitor, and then expand a Publisher.

  2. Right-click a publication, and then click Properties.

  3. Modify any properties if necessary, and then click OK.

To view and modify article properties

  1. On the Articles Page of the Publication Properties - <Publication> dialog box, select an article, and then click Article Properties.

  2. Select which articles property changes should apply to:

    • Click Set Properties of Highlighted <ObjectType> Article to launch the Article Properties - <ObjectName> dialog box; property changes made in this dialog box are applied only to the object that is highlighted in the object pane on the Articles page.

    • Click Set Properties of All <ObjectType> Articles, to launch the Properties for All <ObjectType> Articles dialog box; property changes made in this dialog box are applied to all objects of that type in the object pane on the Articles page, including ones not yet selected for publication.

      NoteNote

      Property changes made in the Properties for All <ObjectType> Articles dialog box override any made previously in the Article Properties - <ObjectName> dialog box. If, for example, you want to set a number of defaults for all articles of an object type, but also want to set some properties for individual objects, set the defaults for all articles first. Then set the properties for the individual objects.

  3. Modify any properties if necessary, and then click OK.

  4. Click OK on the Publication Properties - <Publication> dialog box.

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