I am working on implementing an ETL process to load data into a warehouse.

Part of this process is pulling data from our production server (Server P) to a staging server where the actual load into the warehouse (and the warehouse itself) is located (Server S). We are using snapshot replication for this.

For QC and some other purposes, I need a way to determine the date that the snapshot was taken on Server P, from Server S. Linking servers for this query I don't think is an option.

I'm hoping that there is a record in a metadata table somewhere to reflect this, or some other command I can run to query the snapshot history.

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MSSnapshot_History has snapshot information for replication.

You can join to MSSnapshot_Agents to narrow it down to your specific agent, publication, and job.

These tables are found in the [distribution] database on your distribution instance.

Here's a basic query to get the last start time of your snapshot agents.

select a.name, max(start_time) laststart
    from MSsnapshot_agents a
        join MSsnapshot_history h 
            on a.id = h.agent_id
            where h.runstatus = 2 -- this will get you the last successful execution
        group by a.name
  • So this needs to run on the distributor but not necessarily on the subscriber if they are not the same, correct?
    – JNK
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 19:55
  • @JNK yes, sorry. I updated with a bit about where they're found.
    – swasheck
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 19:56
  • OK, and just to confirm, the start_time field is the timestamp of the snapshot in the publisher, correct?
    – JNK
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 19:58
  • It is the start time of the agent job. This information is logged by the distribution instance (usually the subscriber).
    – swasheck
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 20:05
  • So in fact this will show me the time that the distributor agent ran, but NOT the time that the snapshot was taken on the publisher
    – JNK
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 20:35

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