Drops a publication and its associated Snapshot Agent. All subscriptions must be dropped before dropping a publication. The articles in the publication are dropped automatically. This stored procedure is executed at the Publisher on the publication database.
sp_droppublication is used in snapshot replication and transactional replication.
sp_droppublication recursively drops all articles associated with a publication and then drops the publication itself. A publication cannot be removed if it has one or more subscriptions to it. For information about how to remove subscriptions, see How to: Delete a Push Subscription (Replication Transact-SQL Programming) and How to: Delete a Pull Subscription (Replication Transact-SQL Programming).
Executing sp_droppublication to drop a publication does not remove published objects from the publication database or the corresponding objects from the subscription database. Use DROP <object> to remove these objects manually if necessary.
DECLARE @publicationDB AS sysname; DECLARE @publication AS sysname; SET @publicationDB = N'AdventureWorks'; SET @publication = N'AdvWorksProductTran'; -- Remove a transactional publication. USE [AdventureWorks] EXEC sp_droppublication @publication = @publication; -- Remove replication objects from the database. USE [master] EXEC sp_replicationdboption @dbname = @publicationDB, @optname = N'publish', @value = N'false'; GO