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I'm getting the following message when trying to set up merge replication on SQL Server 2008 R2:

The Merge Agent failed to locate the partitioned snapshot for this subscription in the expected location. If the publication does not support Subscriber-requested snapshot generation, ensure that the partitioned snapshot for this subscription has been generated.

I've tried adding the following SQL to the run agent step of the snapshot agent

-Output C:\Temp\OUTPUTFILE.txt -Outputverboselevel 2

but that just seems to make the agent crash with the following message:

The replication agent has not logged a progress message in 10 minutes. This might indicate an unresponsive agent or high system activity. Verify that records are being replicated to the destination and that connections to the Subscriber, Publisher, and Distributor are still active.

All ideas gratefully received.

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This turned out to be to do with the permissions on the snapshot folder. I added a user to each server with the same credentials and ran the subscription under that account.

Still don't know why I couldn't get verbose logging to happen, but in the end I didn't need it.

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