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Solved: Replication agent instance windows service doesn’t start anymore

Some time ago we solved an ugly issue about the fact that one of our replication agent instances wasn’t able to start anymore and today I decided to share this finding with the community.

At some point in time the configured replication agent service did not succeed to start anymore, it just immediately stops with a “cryptic” error message like “the value <false> is not known”. It was very tough to find the underlying reason for it (because the instance wasn’t changed few weeks) and it took us quite a few hours to figure out what was goining on.

The whole issue was caused by trailing blanks behind values within the resource file and/or within the replication agent configuration file.

It seems that the module which parses the configuration values is not doing a proper “trim”-command, and this causes an issue to the replication agent instance which runs as a Windows service (we have to replication MS SQL Server databases).

Everybody, please be aware of adding new configuration values to the replication agent resource file or configuration file – please ensure that there are no trailing blank characters after values like true” or “false”.

Best regards and enjoy your time!

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