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Yak Posting Veteran

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Posted - 04/30/2014 :  16:26:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

We have 3 replications running on our production environment.
I just realized that the snapshot folder path is in the C drive.

I was planning to use a different path in D drive for the new replication I was going to create. but it did not ask for the snapshot folder path.

I found out the snapshot folder path is in Distributor properties, which seems to be common for all replication.

1. Do you know if I can change the snapshot folder path only one for one replication?
2. What is the risk in changing the snapshot replication path in Distributor properties? These databases are very active and they have around 4 TB data. Will anything break? Do I have to stop the replication before changing the folder path?

Thanks so much!

Bustaz Kool
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Posted - 04/30/2014 :  19:07:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We use different folders for individual publications so, yes, you should be able to, also.
1) From SSMS -> Replication right click the publication you want to change. Click on Properties -> Snapshot. About half way down the window there is a checkbox "Put files in the default folder" and another "Put files in the following folder". Check/uncheck these appropriately and define the folder you want to use in the textbox. Save when finished.
2) Changing the folder location should not be dangerous or intrusive. The Snapshot Folder is just where the snapshot (schema and data) will get placed when a snapshot gets created. You should not need to interrupt the ongoing replication in order to change this value.

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