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Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise 11.7 - Release Notes

Replication - Agent Failure Alarms

Note: Connections to SQL Server Replication is available for SQL Server 2005 and later.

A Replication - Agent Failure alarm is raised when a SQL Server replication agent fails. The alarms are:

  • Replication - Distribution Agent Failure Alarm
  • Replication - Log Reader Agent Failure Alarm
  • Replication - Merge Agent Failure Alarm
  • Replication - Miscellaneous Agent Failure Alarm
  • Replication - Queue Reader Agent Failure Alarm
  • Replication - Snapshot Agent Failure Alarm

When a replication agent fails, the replication of your data can be interrupted. It is best to investigate the problem as soon as possible to minimize the amount of work required to reestablish proper replication.

When the alarm is raised

  • Look at the SQL Server Replication | Activity Drilldown | Actions page to see the messages returned by the agent. The Actions grid shows the details of the messages logged by the agent. This may help you diagnose the exact task on which an agent failed. To display the Actions grid:
    1. On the Activity drilldown, click the Agents tab.
    2. In the Agents grid, select the affected agent.
    3. Click the Session tab.
    4. In the Session grid, select the affected session.
  • Once the problem is resolved the agent can be re-started using SQL Server Enterprise Manager or SQL Server Management Studio.


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