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You may receive error messages when you use the Configure Distribution Wizard in SQL Server 2005

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BUG #: 422648 (SQLBUDT)
SYMPTOMS
When you use the Configure Distribution Wizard to configure a distributor in Microsoft SQL Server 2005, you may receive the following error messages.

Message 1

SQL Server could not configure 'InstanceName' as a Distributor. (Microsoft.SqlServer.ConnectionInfo)

Message 2

An exception occurred while executing a Transact-SQL statement or batch. (Microsoft.SqlServer.ConnectionInfo)

Message 3

Cannot find the principal 'sa', because it does not exist or you do not have permission.
Note InstanceName is a placeholder for the instance name.
CAUSE
This problem occurs because the SQL Server system administrator account name is changed. The Configure Distribution Wizard requires the account name to be sa.
RESOLUTION

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
913089 How to obtain the latest service pack for SQL Server 2005
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1.
MORE INFORMATION
To access the Configure Distribution Wizard, follow these steps:
  1. Open SQL Server Management Studio.
  2. Connect to the instance of SQL Server 2005.
  3. Right-click the Replication folder, and then click Configure Distribution.
Note You may not be able to find the Configure Distribution entry when you right-click the Replication folder. This behavior occurs when you have already used the Configure Distribution Wizard to configure a distributor. You can view and modify distributor properties at this point. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Open SQL Server Management Studio.
  2. Connect to the instance of SQL Server 2005.
  3. Right-click the Replication folder, and then click Distributor Properties.
REFERENCES
For more information about the Configure Distribution Wizard, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site: For more information about how to view and modify distributor properties, visit the following MSDN Web site:
Properties

Article ID: 914779 - Last Review: 04/18/2006 23:31:31 - Revision: 2.4

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