Here is my setup. 3 sql servers.
Publisher: sql 2000
Distributor: sql 2000
Subscriber: sql 2005
Publisher can push the data to the distributor. A snapshot is generated successfully. However when replication starts from distributor to subscriber it fails givng the following message:
SQL Server does not exist or access denied. (Source: MSSQLServer, Error number: 17)
Publisher and distributor are on the same domain. Subscriber is on a different domain. Using sql logins for all the servers.
Please let me know if you need any further info.