Consider the following scenario:

  • Assume that you upgrade a SQL Server instance to SQL Server 2019 RTM or later versions, or you restore a database from pre-SQL Server 2019 to SQL Server 2019 RTM or later versions.

  • You change the database compatibility level to 150.

  • When you create a Transactional Publication on the restored database with all the Tables and User-Defined Functions (UDFs), you notice that the Snapshot agent fails and returns the following error message:


DateTime Exception Message: An invalid option was specified for the statement "CREATE/ALTER FUNCTION".

DateTime  A RETURN statement with a return value cannot be used in this context.

DateTime Message Code: 487


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


This issue is fixed in the following cumulative update for SQL Server:

About cumulative updates for SQL Server:

Each new cumulative update for SQL Server contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous cumulative update. Check out the latest cumulative updates for SQL Server:


Learn about the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.

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