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Message Details

Product Name SQL Server
Event ID 18456
Component SQL Server Database Engine
Symbolic Name
Message Text Login failed for user '%.*ls'.%.*ls


Error MSSQL_ENG018456 is raised whenever a login attempt fails. If the error message includes the account distributor_admin (Login failed for user 'distributor_admin'.), the issue is with an account used by replication. Replication creates a remote server, repl_distributor, which allows communication between the Distributor and Publisher. The login distributor_admin is associated with this remote server and must have a valid password.

User Action

Ensure that you have specified a password for this account. For more information, see Secure the Distributor.

See Also

Errors and Events Reference (Replication)