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Posted on 2003-12-11
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Hi there. I have 2 machines, one is replicating to the other. However, after a network change I want to change the roles so the the current Publisher/Distributer becomes the subscriber and vice versa. Ive deleted the publication to that subscriber, enabled the subscriber as a publisher and distributor and Now I want to replicate to the old subscriber/distributor. When I create the publication I get an error after selecting merge replication that says :
You cannot create a merge publication in Database 'RepTest'. The database contains one or more merge subscriptions that are anonymous or that use the priority of the Publisher when resolving conflicts.

To create a merge publication in this database, drop the existing merge subscriptions, create the publication, and then recreate the subscriptions'

How do I do that?? This was only ever a subscriber!! Please help!!
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Push or pull replication?  If pull and  you haven't dropped the subscriptions to the merge replication then they are still there on the subscriber server.  

You can drop them through enterprise manager (Replication Monitor) or with the sp_dropsubscription stored procedure.

I have had some experience with subscriptions hanging around after they should have been deleted.  I find that disabling publishing and distribution, stopping the server, restarting and "re" setting up replication will almost always clear out the cobwebs.

Paul
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