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BUG #: 57912 (SQLBUG_70)
After you upgrade the Microsoft SQL Server merge publisher to service pack 2, and you run the snapshot process against the publication, if an existing merge subscriber is upgraded to service pack 2 from service pack 1, the merge agent marks the subscription for reinitialization and might fail with the following error message:
Setting sentgen too high.
This problem occurs because of optimization introduced in service pack 2, which ensures that the subscriber that processes the snapshot marks its sentgen or recgen values to make sure that the values are as high as the ones that were propagated in the snapshot. However, the optimization process does not account for existing subscriptions, which do not process a snapshot, and attempts to mark the sentgen or recgen values for these as well.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 7.0. This problem has been corrected in U.S. Service Pack 3 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
274799 INF: How to Obtain Service Pack 3 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0
For more information, contact your primary support provider.