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Often, I will add a single article to an existing transactional replication publication. I then start the snapshot agent to copy the new article and it's data over to the subscriber. Most of the time, the agent runs fairly quickly and only generates a snapshot of 1 article (the one that I just added). However, one out of every 4 or 5 times the snapshot agent tries to take a complete snapshot of every replicated article in the entire (very large) database. This causes all sorts of problems due to the locking it creates on the tables. I can't find a rhyme or reason as to why it does this occasionally. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • Is always the same publication and subscriber? – Andrew Lackenby Apr 13 '17 at 15:50

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