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I am creating a stored procedure that:

  1. Restores a DB from a .bak giving the .mdf and .ldf a new name (so we have have several copies of the same DB up
  2. (If specified in the SP's parameter) Creates three merge replication publications
  3. (What I need help doing) Generating the snapshots for the three publications using sp_startpublication_snapshot

Here is my new brick wall... On this DB server, I have a 'shell' db that they will be running the SP from, that has a history table so I can keep track of who created/deleted databases using my SP's... The only parameter for sp_startpublication_snapshot is @publication... I can give it the publication name, but since I am not running it from the publishing database, how do I specify the publishing database?

i.e.: the publication shows up as:

[WC48_Database1]: upb_Inspection_PrimaryArticles

but I am running the script from the database [WC_QACatalog]

Any ideas about how to accomplish this?

Thank you, Wes

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Can you clarify? How are you creating the publication if you are not in the context of the publication database? sp_addmergepublication needs to be run from the published database as well. – Brandon Williams Jan 25 '13 at 17:57
I am using EXEC sp_executesql to execute under the other database. – Wes Crockett Jan 25 '13 at 21:31
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Inside of your stored procedure use EXECUTE with a character string. Something like this:

EXEC ('USE [WC48_Database1]; EXEC sp_startpublication_snapshot @publication = @PublicationName;');
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This might work... I'll give it a go. – Wes Crockett Jan 25 '13 at 21:30

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