How to run sp_browsereplcmds on a Distribution db backup

Chris Skorlinski
Microsoft SQL Server Escalation Services

From time to time we need to restore a customer’s Distribution database to a secondary server or to a lab server for testing.  When you restore a distribution database it will not be configured to execute Replication commands such as sp_browsereplcmds.  However, there is a simple solution.  You can execute the command below to configure the restored distribution database as a “Replication Distribution” database.

sp_adddistributiondb [distribution_A]
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189755.aspx

Once configured, the restored database shows up in the Distributor properties

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You can now run commands such as sp_browsereplcmds to explore data in the Distribution database

sp_browsereplcmds  '0x0002D17D00021373001100000000', '0x0002D17D00021373001100000000'