Sql-server – SQL Server 2008 R2 Transactional Replication “Cannot insert explicit value for identity column…”

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Right now I'm having an "identity crisis" with transactional replication in SQL Server 2008 R2. The database is running in compatibility 90. There's a table that has an identity column and won't replicate over. The error is "Cannot insert explicit value for identity column in table '' when IDENTITY_INSERT is set to OFF. (Source: MSSQLServer, Error number: 544)".

The "not for replication" is set to true for that table. I can't find any settings for the articles to specify this as well.

Any ideas are appreciated.

Best Answer

Just to add that you don't have to drop and re-create the replication just to change the "not for replication" bit.

You can do it using T-SQL without generating a snapshot or breaking your replication --

sys.sp_identitycolumnforreplication

1 = not for replication

0 = for replication and this causes the problems with Identity colums on subscriber side

To change it for all the tables :

EXEC sp_msforeachtable @command1 = '
declare @int int
set @int =object_id("?")
EXEC sys.sp_identitycolumnforreplication @int, 1'

To change it for just 1 table, first find out the object_id of the table and then run below

EXEC sys.sp_identitycolumnforreplication table_object_id, 1

EDIT

Below tsql will give you a nice output with command that can be reviewed before running for entire database :

if exists (select 1 from sys.identity_columns where is_not_for_replication = 0)
begin
SELECT  QUOTENAME(SCHEMA_NAME(t.schema_id)) as SchemaName,  
        QUOTENAME(t.name) AS TableName, 
        c.name AS ColumnName,
        c.object_id as ObjectID,
        c.is_not_for_replication,
        'EXEC sys.sp_identitycolumnforreplication '+cast(c.object_id as varchar(20)) + ', 1 ;' as CommandTORun_SetIdendityNOTForReplication
    FROM    sys.identity_columns AS c 
        INNER JOIN  sys.tables AS t ON t.[object_id] = c.[object_id]
        WHERE   c.is_identity = 1
        and c.is_not_for_replication = 0
end
else 
print 'There are no identity columns that needs NOT FOR REPLICATION set to 1'

For adventureworks database :

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