Error configuring distribution- "Publishing and distribution are supported only in SQL Server version 7.0 or later"


I recently installed an instance of SQL Server 2016 on one of my server. Later when I tried to configure the new instance as Distributor I faced the below error:



TITLE: Configure Distribution Wizard
'Prod\SQL16' cannot be configured for publishing and distribution. Publishing and distribution are supported only in SQL Server version 7.0 or later.
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  • From the Object Explorer I can clearly see that I’m connected to the latest version of SQL[SQL 2016] but still I’m getting the above error.






  • Tried to configure Distributor using the TSQL script and it successfully executed. After this when I tried to create a new publication I again got the same error. So the issue seems to be only with the GUI.




  • I then verified the version of SQL Server management studio which I was using and noticed that it was an older version- SQL 2014 SSMS.





  • I then launched SSMS for SQL Server 2016 and I was able to configure the instance as distributor. As mentioned before we can also use the TSQL commands to configure.




  • I faced this issue as I had multiple version of SQL server management studio on the same server


Related Articles:

· Configure Distribution

· How to: Configure Publishing and Distribution (Replication Transact-SQL Programming)

· How to: Configure Publishing and Distribution (SQL Server Management Studio)

· sp_adddistributor (Transact-SQL)

· sp_adddistributiondb (Transact-SQL)



Raghavendra Srinivasan , Support Engineer, Microsoft India GTSC

Reviewed by:

Balmukund Lakhani, Support Escalation Engineer, Microsoft India GTSC

Comments (1)

  1. Chiru says:

    Thanks for you explanation. I got same issue. Now it's got resolved.

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