sp_helpmergealternatepublisher (Transact-SQL)

APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server noAzure SQL Database noAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

Returns a list of all servers enabled as alternate Publishers for merge publications. This stored procedure is executed at the Subscriber on the subscription database.

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sp_helpmergealternatepublisher [ @publisher = ] 'publisher', [ @publisher_db = ] 'publisher_db', [ @publication = ] 'publication'  


[ @publisher = ] 'publisher' Is the name of the alternate Publisher.publisher is sysname, with no default.

[ @publisher_db = ] 'publisher_db' Is the name of the publication database.publisher_db is sysname, with no default.

[ @publication = ] 'publication' Is the name of the publication.publication is sysname, with no default.

Result Sets

Column name Data type Description
alternate_publisher sysname Name of the alternate Publisher.
alternate_publisher_db sysname Name of the publication database.
alternate_publication sysname Name of the publication.
alternate_distributor sysname Name of the distributor.
friendly_name nvarchar(255) Description of the alternate Publisher.
enabled bit Specifies if the server is an alternate Publisher. 1 specifies that the Publisher is enabled as an alternate Publisher. 0 specifies that it is not enabled.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)


sp_helpmergealternatepublisher is used in merge replication.

During every merge session, the system queries both the Publisher and Subscriber for each one's list of alternate publishers. The merge process adds or drops entries in the list of alternate publishers, the result of which is that the list of alternate publishers at both the Subscriber and Publisher match.


Only members of the publication access list for the publication can execute sp_helpmergealternatepublisher.

See Also

System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)