I am configuring transactional replication in SQL Server. The subscription is configured as push from 2008R2 publisher (distributor is the same server) to 2012 subscriber.

The object I want to replicate is an indexed view. The base tables exist only on the publisher.

The replication fails due to the following error:

Unable to replicate a view or function because the referenced objects or columns are not present on the Subscriber

It is true that the view doesn't exist in the subscription database. How can i create it without the base tables?

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The clue to this is in the error, which is telling you that it can't create the view on the subscriber, because the subscriber is missing tables and/or columns that the view relies on.

You can't create the view without the base tables, so make sure you replicate the tables and/or columns involved in the view to the subscriber too, and then the view itself can be replicated.

  • Not exactly. I know I can't replicate a view without the base tables unless it is an indexed view which is persistent physically on the disk.
    – BuahahaXD
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 9:13
  • The MSDN 'sp_addarticle' document reference doesn't give any indication there are exceptions for object references. msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms173857(v=sql.110).aspx, nor does the 'Create Indexed View' article msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms191432.aspx both of which state the referenced objects must exist in the database the view sits on.
    – VorTechS
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 9:45
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    I managed to replicate the indexed view as a table. It requires a unique clustered index on the view to work.
    – BuahahaXD
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 10:22
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    @BuahahaXD create that as an answer and mark it for future reference. Also, welcome to the forum. Commented Oct 31, 2017 at 16:29

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