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Following some 3rd party scripts to set up replication I got this error:

The Distributor has not been installed correctly. Could not enable database for publishing

To fix this I ran these three scripts.

sp_adddistributor ‘NameofDistributorServer’;
sp_adddistributiondb N’NameofDatabaseBeingReplicated’;
sp_adddistpublisher @publisher = ‘NameofDistributorServer’, @distribution_db = N’NameofDatabaseBeingReplicated’;

This then allowed me to run:

use master;
exec sp_replicationdboption N’NameofDatabaseBeingReplicated ‘, N’publish’, N’true’


When setting up replication you might get an error saying login failed.

This will show up in the SQL Error Logs as:

Login failed for domain\username

Followed by

Error: 18456, Severity: 14, State: 6

The error code means that a windows log-in was entered in the place of a SQL log-in. In the case I had it was in the Log Agent Reader security.

In the section connect to publisher I had entered a windows service account (although it says quite clearly here: using the following SQL Server Login). I didn’t see this though as I added replication through a script which I had adapted.

After dropping all replication objects and then recreating them the agents were still failing.

The error that was showing stated: server execution failed

Ran the snapshot replication agent from the command line.

To do this go to the sql folder with snapshot.exe In this case C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\80\COM

Then run snapshot.exe followed by the string found in the second step of the start agent job. In this case: -Publisher [Server2Name] -PublisherDB [replictedDatabaseName] -Distributor [Server2Name] -Publication [nameOfPublication] -DistributorSecurityMode 1

This then generated the real error: ATL71.Dll was missing from – series of directories all defined by PATH.

I did a search and found this dll in the temp directory. I copied it to system32 and re ran the agents.

They are now distributing transactions. It took a while to catch back up again though.