SQL server 2005 merge replication procedures

I have a database on an SQL server 2005 named SERVER1 which has approximately 70 tables in a database DB1 that need replicating to another database server SERVER2 which has no database on it yet.
I am considering one of two ways of proceeding to set up a merge replication to the SQL Server 2005 database server SERVER2.

Scenario A:
Set up a SERVER1 as a publisher to publish the 70 tables in DB1
Create a blank database DB1 on SERVER2
Add SERVER2 as a subscriber to SERVER1 publication and proceed with synchronisation.

Scenario B:
Set up a SERVER1 as a publisher to publish the 70 tables in DB1 and create a backup to disk.
Restore the backup to SERVER2 thus creating a DB1 on SERVER2
Remove all replication on SERVER2 DB1
Add SERVER2 as a subscriber to SERVER1 publication and proceed with synchronisation.

I am stating that scenario A is better than scenario B, am I correct, and if so, how can i justify my decision ?
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Roger AlcindorAsked:
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Paul JacksonSoftware EngineerCommented:
There's not a lot of difference between the two unless there are tables in db1 on server 1 that for some reason you are not replicating in that case scenario b is better as you will get all of the tables not just the ones that are being replicated.

With scenario a if you are replicating all the tables in db1 it will work fine, however if there are some tables that aren't being replicated these will not be created on server 2 when synchronisation happen, so if you need the non-replicated tables on server 2 as well then scenario a is mot the best way to go.

In summary if you let the replication synchronisation process copy over the database schema it will only copy over the tables that are being replicated.

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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
It really depends on the size.  If the database is small go with option A, if not option B.  Notice how I have been particularly vague and that is because I do not know your SLAs
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