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I am running merge replication with SQL 2012.

When I first create my publication the MSMerge_contents table is populated with a large number of records with the colv1 being set to 0xFF.

When I run the stored procedure like this,

sp_showcolv @colv =0xFF

It becomes apparent that these records do not represent actual changes to the underlying records, unless I am missing something?

Why are those records there? Is it because of partitioning, or column level tracking? I am using column level tracking, but am wondering whether I need to revisit this option?

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