During recent course of Disaster Recovery and Performance Tuning, I had very interesting conversation with students regarding Initializing a Merge Subscription Without a Snapshot and Initializing a Transactional Subscription Without a Snapshot. After the discussion when we were looking at MSDN pages one thing caught my notice was the note on the top of the MSDN page regarding future support of the feature for Initializing a Merge Subscription Without a Snapshot.
In the book on line on the subject Initializing a Merge Subscription Without a Snapshot it suggests that this feature will be deprecated in future, whereas there is no such note on the topic for Transactional Subscription. Well, I want to share this with everybody suggesting that there may be issue with future version if you are not initiating your replication with snapshot in the case of Merge Replication.
I would like to know if you are currently using Merge Replication and initializing it without snapshot. If you are – I would like to know why?
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)