Utilizing SQL CMD Variables in Transactional Replication

In some situations it maybe necessary to use SQL CMD variables while executing scripts. This happens when utilizing a replication process I have. To start off with I must iterate that to use SQL CMD variables you have to have the setting actually turned on in SSMS. The enabling is pretty simple and can be viewed on MSDN’s site at the following location.


If you start to use SQL CMD variables while this setting is turned off than a syntax error will occur when attempting to check the syntax or run the script.

In my situation I have several environments that I can deploy to; each environment has set SQL CMD Variables such as:

:setvar Pub_Server “[(local)]”
:setvar Sub_Server “[(local)\Reporting]”
:setvar PostSnapshotScript “index file location”

I have four more settings like this one for my other environments that are commented out. I can easily flip the switch at any time.

From the statement above I am setting my SQL CMD variables for my publisher (local server) to my subscriber (local\reporting server) utilizing some index files I have at a location on my C:\ As I move through my environments of course these settings will change.

Once I have my environment variables in place I utilize 3 more variables for setting the publication name, the database the replication is occurring in, and the subscribers database:

:setvar Pub_Name “Name of Publication”
:setvar Repl_TRS “Database Name”
:setvar SubscriberDB “Subscribers Database (reporting side)”

I will not go into the specifics of the internals of the script that deploys out the replication; that in and of itself will need to be a different post. I plan on disecting the internals in the near future. However to utilize these variables throughout the script you reference them by using the following methodology:

exec sp_addarticle @publication = $(Pub_name) and so on………

I found this approach very fast and simple.

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