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How can I easily rename fields in a table and not have trouble with replication?

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'tblMyTable' table
- Unable to rename column from 'OldVal' to 'NewVal01'.  
ODBC error: [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Cannot rename the table because it is published for replication.
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Remove the table from the replicated setup, by using sp_droparticle, then rename the table/column and then readdit afterwards with sp_addarticle.

You can generate the sp_droparticle/sp_addarticle scripts by clicking in EM, the subscription database which the table is involved in and select generate sql script for create/drop to just grab the bits relating to this particular table with the drop/adds required.
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Ergo there is no option while the table is in replication?
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That is correct.

You can drop the column then add the column (but this messes up the underlying table structures involved by using):
sp_repldropcolumn
sp_repladdcolumn

But you cannot rename fields without taking it out of the replication.

MS SQL Server does not support automatic full blown schema updates to multiple sites.
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by:risoy
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Could be handy in a redundant system that require 100% uptime. Hopefully in the future.

Thank you!
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Could be handy in a redundant system that require 100% uptime. Hopefully in the future.

Hopefully I'll get the chance to design something like this: using the Service Broker in Yukon / Trigers / and some other bits / bobs ....(I believe it can be made to work)
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