sp_add_agent_parameter (Transact-SQL)

Adds a new parameter and its value to an agent profile. This stored procedure is executed at the Distributor on any database.

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sp_add_agent_parameter [ @profile_id = ] profile_id
        , [ @parameter_name = ] 'parameter_name' 
        , [ @parameter_value = ] 'parameter_value' 

[ @profile_id= ] profile_id

Is the ID of the profile from the MSagent_profiles table in the msdb database. profile_id is int, with no default.

To find out what agent type this profile_id represents, find the profile_id in the MSagent_profiles (Transact-SQL) table, and note the agent_type field value. The values are as follows:

Value Description


Snapshot Agent


Log Reader Agent


Distribution Agent


Merge Agent


Queue Reader Agent

[ @parameter_name= ] 'parameter_name'

Is the name of the parameter. parameter_name is sysname, with no default. For a list of parameters already defined in system profiles, see Replication Agent Profiles. For a complete list of valid parameters for each agent, see the following topics:

[ @parameter_value=] 'parameter_value'

Is the value to be assigned to the parameter. parameter_value is nvarchar(255), with no default.

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

sp_add_agent_parameter is used in snapshot replication, transactional replication, and merge replication.

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

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