UPDATE Statement and Filtered Merge Publication

VDT-7677 121 Reputation points


Running SQL Server 2008 R2. Publisher and distributor are on same machine in a merge replication topology using pull subscriptions.

A query was executed this morning which updated almost 1M rows in one column and 35K rows in another (SET Column = 0 WHERE Column IS NULL).

The vast majority of the updated rows would not be included in our merge publication (the top-level article the updated table is joined to uses a filter). However, our subscriber synchronizations have slowed to a crawl since that statement was ran. I suspect that this is due to the metadata generated due to the UPDATE statement that was executed. Is there any way I can confirm this, and if so, remove the metadata of that particular statement?


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  1. Seeya Xi-MSFT 16,416 Reputation points

    Hi @VDT-7677 ,

    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!
    Please refer to this document: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/relational-databases/replication/administration/enhance-merge-replication-performance?view=sql-server-ver16
    Hope this would give you some help.

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  2. Tom Phillips 17,711 Reputation points

    Replication captures the commands and reruns the commands on the subscribers. There is no way to prevent some commands from being run and others to run. It must run all the commands.

    You will need to wait for it to finish.