FIX: Merge System Tables not Dropped When Restoring Merge-Published DB Over Non-published DB Across Servers

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BUG #: 56522 (SQLBUG_70)
Symptoms
When restoring the backup of a database, which is enabled for Transactional and Merge Replication (Sysdatabases.Category = 5), to a non-published database on a different server, the merge replication system tables are not dropped and the user tables on the destination server's database cannot be dropped. If the backup is restored on the same server (different database), then the restore works fine and the replication information is removed.

Also, the restore works fine across servers when the source database is enabled either for Transactional or Merge Replication only (Sysdatabases.Category = 1 OR 4).
Workaround
To work around this problem, you can either:
  • Enable the source database for Transactional or Merge Replication alone (Sysdatabases.Category = 1 OR 4).

    -or-
  • Drop the merge system tables using the DROP TABLE syntax.NOTE: Contact Microsoft Product Support Services if you need to drop the user tables and are unable to do so.
Status
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 7.0. This problem has been corrected in U.S. Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
254561 INF: How to Obtain Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0
For more information, contact your primary support provider.
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Steps To Reproduce The Problem

  1. Enable the database for both Transactional and Merge Replication (Sysdatabases.Category = 5).
  2. The published database contains Conflict_<table_name> tables and MSmerge_% tables.
  3. Backup the database.
  4. Restore the backup to a database on a different server. The name of the database on the destination server does not matter.
RESULT: The replication information is not completely removed. The merge replication system tables are present. Following is a list of the tables that are present:

   conflict_<table_name>   MSmerge_contents   MSmerge_delete_conflicts   MSmerge_genhistory   MSmerge_replinfo   MSmerge_tombstone				
If you try to drop these tables manually from the SQL Enterprise Manager (SEM), you get the following error message:
Error 20515: [SQL-DMO]System tables cannot be altered, dropped or otherwise modified.
However, you can drop these tables using the DROP TABLE syntax from the SQL Query Analyzer.

If you try to drop the user tables in the destination database, you get this error message:
Server: Msg 3724, Level 16, State 2, Line 1
Cannot drop the table '<table_name>' because it is published for replication.
Contact Microsoft Product Support Services if you need to drop the user tables and are unable to do so.
Error 3724
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Article ID: 243377 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 07:00:00 - Revision: 3.0

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