AddAlternatePublisher Method

This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature.

The AddAlternatePublisher method adds a server to a list of alternate Publishers. Subscribers to a publication can synchronize with listed alternate Publishers.


object.AddAlternatePublisher(szAlternatePublisher ,szAlternatePublicationDB ,szAlternatePublication , 
[ szAlternateDistributor ] , 
[ szFriendlyName ] )


  • object
    Expression that evaluates to an object in the Applies To list.

  • szAlternatePublisher
    String that specifies the name of the alternate Publisher.

  • szAlternatePublicationDB
    String that specifies the name of the publication database.

  • szAlternatePublication
    String that specifies the name of the publication.

  • szAlternateDistributor
    String that specifies the name of the Distributor for the alternate Publisher.

  • szFriendlyName
    String that specifies a description for the alternate Publisher.

Prototype (C/C++)

HRESULT AddAlternatePublisher(
SQLDMO_LPCSTR pszAlternatePublisher, 
SQLDMO_LPCSTR pszAlternatePublicationDB, 
SQLDMO_LPCSTR pszAlternatePublication, 
SQLDMO_LPCSTR pszAlternateDistributor, 
SQLDMO_LPCSTR pszFriendlyName);


Use the AddAlternatePublisher method to add a server to a list of alternate Publishers to which Subscribers can synchronize. The list is stored at both the Publisher and Subscriber. A Subscriber can run the EnumAlternatePublishers method to obtain a list of enabled alternate Publishers and potential alternate Publishers. Subscribers can then synchronize with any listed enabled alternate Publisher.

Use the RemoveAlternatePublisher method to remove a server from the list of alternate Publishers.


If an application calls AddAlternatePublisher on an instance of SQL Server version 7.0, the constant, SQLDMO_E_SQL80ONLY, and the message "This property or method requires Microsoft SQL Server 2000" are returned.