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Topic Status: Some information in this topic is preview and subject to change in future releases. Preview information describes new features or changes to existing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2).

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The Merge Agent was unable to generate a partitioned snapshot for this subscription; either the Snapshot Agent failed to run or the location for the partitioned snapshot could not be accessed. The subscription will be initialized using a standard snapshot.

This error indicates one of the following problems occurred:

  • A failure while running a snapshot job through the snapshot control.

  • A failure while obtaining the location for the dynamic snapshot job.

Review the snapshot history tables on the distribution database, or use SQL Server Profiler to debug the snapshot process.

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