I have a merge repliaction with retention period set to 1 day. Allow anonymous Subscriptions is set to False.

Merge Replication Retention Period

I Add 2 subscribers. One of the subscriber machine name is wrong, so it is inaccessible. On Repliaction monitor, this inaccessible subscription keeps trying to connect and fails with could not connect to subscriber error.

It has been days, but this subscriber still exists. It does not expire. Running Expired subscription clean up job succeed, but the subscription does not got removed from subscribers.

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What is the possible reason for this not to work?

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It sounds like you want to drop the merge subscription, if so there is a system SP you can use.


  • No, I want Merge replicaton to drop this subscription when retention period + grace period completes without successful syncronization. Documents says when retention period passses without any successfull syncronization, then the subscriber expires, if time equatl to retention period passes again, the the subscriber is dropped from replication. Check: learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/relational-databases/replication/…
    – Mp0int
    Jul 12, 2021 at 12:31
  • Are you sure it is a Push subscription ? Jul 12, 2021 at 12:35
  • yes, we do not use pull subscriptions.
    – Mp0int
    Jul 12, 2021 at 12:44

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