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BUG #: 52858 (SQLBUG_70)
In the Configure Publishing and Distribution Wizard, if you select the option to customize the settings rather than accept the default values, you are given the opportunity to change the distribution database name from its default of "distribution." Although you cannot type a space character in the Distribution Database Name box, it does accept a space character if you copy a text string (for example, "my database") to the clipboard and paste it in.
If the name you use contains a space character, the database is still created. However, if the name that you paste in begins with a space character (for example, " my database"), the wizard fails with the following error message:
SQL Server Enterprise Manager could not configure 'server_name' as the distributor for 'server_name'.
Error 14262: The specified @database_name ('db_name') does not exist.
To work around this problem:
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 7.0. This problem has been corrected in U.S. Service Pack 1 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
232570For more information, contact your primary support provider.
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/232570/ )INF: How to Obtain Service Pack 1 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0