Replication Monitor not working

tobz 161 Reputation points

Hi everyone,

I recently noticed that replication monitor is not working properly. Whenever I try to launch it, the icon shows in the Taskbar of my indows but the application never actually open.

Anyone with similar issue, please advise

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  1. Shavil Dasrath 16 Reputation points

    Open the replication monitor window, this should be opened on the taskbar, hold down shift key, right click and maximize then the replication monitor window should open up

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  2. CathyJi-MSFT 21,126 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @tobz ,

    What is your SSMS version? Suggest you using the latest version SSMS 18.9.2.

    The SSMS 18.x installation doesn't upgrade or replace SSMS versions 17.x or earlier. SSMS 18.x installs side by side with previous versions, so both versions are available for use. However, if you have a preview version of SSMS 18.x installed, you must uninstall it before installing SSMS 18.9.2. You can see if you have the preview version by going to the Help > About window.

    If it is still not work, please share us a screenshot about your issue.

    If the response is helpful, please click "Accept Answer" and upvote it, as this could help other community members looking for similar thread.

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  3. Kobus Vermeulen 6 Reputation points

    I have the same issue in SSMS 18.12.1, have had it for a while, but difficult to say when it started happening. From at least 18.11 though. Problem is exactly as described, the Replication Monitor opens in the taskbar, but is inaccessible and never displays anything. Clicking on the icon does nothing. Trying to tab to it shows a blank screen in the preview (like DerekMeyer's screenshot), but once selected doesn't open anyway. I run Windows 11, not sure if that makes a difference. It's incredibly annoying though.

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  4. Shawn Joyce 5 Reputation points

    Upgrading to SSMS 19x resolved the problem for me. It was working previously for version 18.x under windows 10, my company upgraded my laptop to win 11 and this one feature no longer worked (not something I need often so took a while to notice it never opened the window when run).

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  5. Derek Meyer 1 Reputation point

    I am also experiencing this issue. The icon shows on my Taskbar. I am currently using versions 18.11.1 as well as 17.9.1 (as a backup) and it appears to occur in both versions.


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