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For development/testing I set up replication in SQL Server 2012 RC0 (11.0.1750) using the default permissions on the agent, and I'm getting this error:

Message: Access to the path 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.SQL2012\MSSQL\ReplData\unc\WKSTATION$SQL2012_DB7_DB7\20120104171149\' is denied.

I'm having trouble figuring out what MS wants me to do in this case since I want to use the agent credentials. How do I give permissions to that folder if I can't see the virtual user (Nt Service\SQLAgent$SQL2012) in my local machine's user list?

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I got it working by creating a Repldata folder outside of Program Files and pointing the distributor to that, but I'd still like to understand why it wasn't working before. – influent Jan 5 '12 at 18:45

IT kind of seems like the Agent account didn't have access to that filepath. On our network permissions to the Program Files directory are very restricted. When you created the new folder you probably changed the security on the new folder, whether realizing it or not, and that allowed the account for the replication to reach that folder.

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