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SQL Server Merge replication with no initial snapshot option


I am trying to setup a SQL Server 2005 merge replication without the initial snapshot.

The data on both the subscriber and the publisher is currently in an identical state and I have inherited a script that creates the publication.  After running this script, the publication is created, I then create the subscription (ensuring I do not tick the Initialize subscription checkbox).

This subscription then gets created. However when I look at the replication monitor on the publisher, there is an error, stating the initial snapshot for the publication is not yet available.

I remember that when creating a publication using the MSSM Studio wizard, there is an option (checkbox) questioning whether to create the snapshot immediately.

Therefore my thinking is that within the publication script I inherited this "create the snapshot immediately" option has not been turned off.

Can somebody please tell me how to turn off this option using t-sql (or a script) or is there a property I can change once the publication has been set up.

(apologies if the above seems muddled, but am fairly new to replication and still getting my head around it ;-)

Many thanks
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You still have to run the snapshot agent. The snapshot agent crates many of the system objects that are used by merge replication. If you do not run the snapshot then these objects will not get created so they cannot be replicated to the subscriber.

Check out this topic in Books on LIne:

swtileyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for help rboyd56
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