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Merge replication setup with SQL EXPRESS 2005 on Windows 7 Professional

Posted By:      Posted Date: October 21, 2010    Points: 0   Category :ASP.Net

Hi all,

I have a web app that runs on local and use merge replcation using sql server 2005 standard on the server and sql express 2005 on clients on XP. As you know, XP Pro laptops are getting hard to find. We are trying to change to Windows 7 Pro x64. I installed SQL Express 2005 and I don't see a subscription on "Sync Center" after I created local subscription using SSMS. I normally see the subscription in Synchronize in XP Pro right away. 

I googled about this issue and not really have a good solution. There is one link saying Windows 7 not supporting Express 2005 anymore. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/repltalk/archive/2010/03/24/using-windows-synchronization-manager-on-x64-to-synchronize-replication-revised.aspx 

If so, I would like to know what would be a solution such as can I use Sql Express 2008 R2 instead of Sql Express 2005 for client even if the server is still SQL Server 2005 Standard edition. We are planning to upgrade, but we need to hire 5 to 10 people now. My boss does not want us to keep using XP Pro. 

Any suggestion would be appreciated.



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