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Altering an int column to idenity in existing published table


Altering an int column to idenity in existing published table

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Can I alter an existing int column to an identity in a table that is already published in transactional replication?

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DK
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DKlein (9/25/2013)
Can I alter an existing int column to an identity in a table that is already published in transactional replication?

Thanks,
DK


Technically speaking you can't change the identity property of an existing column (regardless of replication). If you use the UI for this the script behind the scenes actually creates a new column, copies all of the data, drops the original column and finally renames the new column to the same name as the original.

I have never tried this on a replicated table so I am not certain what might happen there. I would certainly NOT do this in production as a test. Try this on a dev server. I am curious myself what happens here.

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Sean,

Thanks for the reply. I decided against going forward with this as every option seemed to involve reinitialization of the subscriber. On top of that Microsoft does not support adding an identity column to a published table:
"Adding an identity column to a published table is not supported, because it can result in non-convergence when the column is replicated to the Subscriber. The values in the identity column at the Publisher depend on the order in which the rows for the affected table are physically stored. The rows might be stored differently at the Subscriber; therefore the value for the identity column can be different for the same rows."

Thanks again,
DK
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