Need help with 'convert' in 'insert into' statement

Please help with the error I'm getting trying to convert varchar to datetime in an INSERT INTO statement.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 on a Windows Server 2012r2 machine.


Here's the statement with the error:

insert into replication2 (VMName, PrimaryHost, ReplicaHost, convert(datetime, LastReplicaDate,103) )
select VMName, PrimaryHost, ReplicaHost, LastReplicaDate from replication

Msg 156, Level 15, State 1, Line 2
Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'convert'.

Here are the two tables replication (the source, 1531 rows) and replication2 (empty, 0 rows):
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[replication](
      [id] [smallint] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
      [VMName] [varchar](50) NULL,
      [PrimaryHost] [varchar](50) NULL,
      [ReplicaHost] [varchar](50) NULL,
      [LastReplicaDate] [varchar](50) NULL,
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[replication2](
      [id] [smallint] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
      [VMName] [varchar](50) NULL,
      [PrimaryHost] [varchar](50) NULL,
      [ReplicaHost] [varchar](50) NULL,
      [LastReplicaDate] [datetime2](7) NULL,

Here is a sample 8 rows from the source table:

select * from replication
where vmname = 'vm100'

id      VMName      PrimaryHost      ReplicaHost      LastReplicaDate
9096      vm100      hostA      hostB      6/6/2015 7:52
10096      vm100      hostA      hostB      6/7/2015 8:56
11096      vm100      hostA      hostB      6/7/2015 8:56
12096      vm100      hostA      hostB      6/8/2015 16:14
13096      vm100      hostA      hostB      6/10/2015 10:46
14096      vm100      hostA      hostB      6/11/2015 1:16
15133      vm100      hostA      hostB      6/4/2015 6:59
16096      vm100      hostA      hostB      6/11/2015 1:31
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Data DudeCommented:
>insert into replication2 (VMName, PrimaryHost, ReplicaHost, convert(datetime, LastReplicaDate,103) )
The INSERT INTO statement demands only column names between the parentheses marks, and the convert is an expression.   Perform any expression such as convert in the SELECT / VALUES section of an INSERT statement, like this..

INSERT INTO replication2 (VMName, PrimaryHost, ReplicaHost, LastReplicaDate)
SELECT VMName, PrimaryHost, ReplicaHost, convert(datetime, LastReplicaDate,103)
FROM replication

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gateguardAuthor Commented:
I'm still having trouble with the actual conversion but you set me straight on where to put the convert statement in the insert into, so I'm closing this question and I'll ask another.

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