PRB: Error Message: "Unable to copy the initialization file..." Occurs When You Set Up Log Shipping Between Two Clustered SQL Server Servers

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When you set up log shipping between two clustered SQL Server servers that are
running Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server in separate domains with trusted
relationships, you may receive the following error message:

Unable to copy the initialization file to the secondary server '%s'
To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
  1. When you register the SQL Server name in SQL Server Enterprise Manager, append
    the domain name to the secondary server name. For example, if your secondary
    server name is LOGSERVER2 and the domain name is DOMAIN2, the registering
    server name must be LOGSERVER2.DOMAIN2.
  2. Grant access to the login used for the log shipping set up on the database. To do so,
    use these steps:

    1. Open SQL Server Enterprise Manager.
    2. Expand primary server.
    3. Expand Security.
    4. Click Logins.
    5. In the right-hand screen, right-click login_name.
    6. Click Properties.
    7. In the Properties dialog box, click the Database Access tab.
    8. Click to select the check boxes of the databases that must be log shipped.
    9. Click OK.
For more information about how to set up log shipping, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

For additional information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
314515 INF: Frequently Asked Questions - SQL Server 2000 - Log Shipping
810969 FIX: Log Shipping with SQL Server Authentication Generates Backup and "Out of Sync" Threshold Alerts

Article ID: 811890 - Last Review: 01/17/2015 06:18:49 - Revision: 1.4

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server

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