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Replication Error on SQL Server 2005 MSSQL_REPL-2147200996

Posted on 2012-12-20
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The I update a column in a I get the following error message...:
The merge process was unable to access row metadata at the 'Subscriber'. When troubleshooting, restart the synchronization with verbose history logging and specify an output file to write to, or use SQL Profiler to determine the source of the failure.  (Source: MSSQL_REPL, Error number: MSSQL_REPL-2147200996)
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New request is not allowed to start because it should come with valid transaction descriptor. (Source: MSSQLServer, Error number: 3989)

There was only 1 subscription.

I have dropped and recreated the publication and subscription.  It does not happen with all the tables I am replicating, just this one table.
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by:dfr031260
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This is MERGE Replication
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by:EugeneZ
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/ http://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/29246/merge-replication-error.html  /

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This might happen if you have records in the child tables referencing subscriber parent records which no longer exist. You can try to run the agent with
-output [some_file_path] -OutputVerboseLevel desired_level


The output verbose level should be 0, 1, or 2:
•0 to print only error messages
•1 to print all progress report messages
•2 (default and most useful when debugging) to print all error and report messages.

It goes without saying that these switches have a very negative impact on performance, but in your case, they might be useful to identify the actual source of the problem as it is entirely possible that the problem has nothing to do with FK integrity violations and could be something else. I don't believe though that it has anything to do with the tempdb activity (despite what the error message says).

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by:dfr031260
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Is this run with the merge agent?  Currently the Merge Agent step has:

-Publisher [POLAOVGALAXY] -PublisherDB [SCDS_Pro] -Publication [MergeRepl_scds_pro] -Subscriber [polaovstage\five] -SubscriberDB [SCDS_Pro]   -Distributor [POLAOVGALAXY] -DistributorSecurityMode 1

When I added:
-output [d:\SQLReplLog] -OutputVerboseLevel 2

It threw and error...:  Message
2012-12-21 18:11:02.171 The handle is invalid.
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by:dfr031260
ID: 38713995
Got it to run somewhat, but got another error.  This is the merge agent step...:

-Publisher [POLAOVGALAXY] -PublisherDB [SCDS_Pro] -Publication [MergeRepl_scds_pro] -Subscriber [polaovstage\five] -SubscriberDB [SCDS_Pro]   -Distributor [POLAOVGALAXY] -DistributorSecurityMode 1 -Output D:\SQLReplLogs\MergeRepLog.txt -OutputVerboseLevel 2

The error..:
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Executed as user: pola\wgadmin. The parameter is incorrect.  The step failed.
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by:dfr031260
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Here is the error log...
MergeRepLog.txt
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EugeneZ earned 450 total points
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looks like it is time to install sql 2005 sp4

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/913089

it will include some important fixes for sql2005 merge replication

like this one
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974660
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by:EugeneZ
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also , as per the error:

"The Merge Agent was unable to update information about the last synchronization at the Subscriber. Ensure that the subscription exists at the Subscriber, and restart the Merge Agent."
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by:dfr031260
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Spot on...thanks
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