Subcription agent job error: An execption occurred in the Distribution subsystem.

Discussion in 'microsoft.public.sqlserver.replication' started by kjvt, Jan 12, 2005.

  1. kjvt

    kjvt Guest

    We've been successfully installing a VS.Net application on about 40
    clients so far and have run into one machine where our subscription
    agent jobs fail with the following error: "An execption occurred in
    the Distribution subsystem. The step failed" What does this error

    Interestingly, the same subscription succeeds when started using the
    command line distrib.exe, which would lead to the conclusion that
    there's a problem with SQL Server Agent. We don't think it is
    security, the Agent service is running under the same login as the
    user of the computer (who is a local administrator). This same user
    can synchronize successfully when installed on another computer.

    The client is MSDE 2000 sp3 and the publisher/distributer is SQL
    Server 2000 sp3. The client has anonymous transactional and merge
    subscriptions that fail with the same error.

    We use a standard installation package for the application to ensure
    consistancy. The clients began with a standard ghost image, though
    the user may have installed applications since the machine was

    We've been searching for a solution and have only found dead ends.
    Any suggestions would be welcomed.

    Thank you.

    Kees VanTilburg
    VanTilburg Enterprises
    kjvt, Jan 12, 2005
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  2. The only time I have seen this is when there was some garbage data in the
    tables we were replicating. It seems that the client application was adding

    Normally when you get an exception it means you are running into a bug and
    you should report it to PSS. You will not be charged for the call.

    It is possible that there is something wrong with your SQL Server/MSDE
    subscriber, in which case you should reapply the sp.
    Hilary Cotter, Jan 12, 2005
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