Cannot drop the database ‘database_name’ because it is being used for replication



“Cannot drop the database ‘database_name’ because it is being used for replication. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 3724)”


You may encounter an error message when you want to delete a database.


If you receive this error message, first make sure that this database is not associated with any Replication topology. Also check that there is no Publication related to this database.

If you still get this error message, then I guess this is a copy of a database already used in Replication and has probably been moved from another instance by backup / restore.

In such a case, you can run the following Stored Procedure to clear the settings related to the Replication in the database:

Ekrem Önsoy
Author: Ekrem Önsoy

The original article was written in Turkish by Ekrem Önsoy and translated to English by dbtut with the consent of the author. The copyright of the article belongs to the author. The author shall not be liable in any way for any defect caused by translation.

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