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Scheduled replication errors with one database

I have a problem with scheduled replication. We have three servers in three Notes domains separated by a firewall. All three servers are Domino 5.012 and Windows 2000 and can replicate in other databases, but not in this particular one. Our situation is this:

  1. Three servers in three domains/DMZs -- i.e., Server1/Dom1 talks to Server2/Dom2, Server2/Dom2 talks to Server3/Dom3.

  2. Scheduled replication won?t exchange docs from 1<->2 or 2<->3.

    We tried creating a new replica from 1-2 then 2-3 in the Notes client, from the Domino servers, and even from Windows Explorer copies, and they still won't replicate (i.e., three separate attempts). Setting up the replicas works; it?s the scheduled replication that fails.

  3. We set the log_replication flag=3, which showed the servers were talking, but nothing exchanged.

    We tried clearing the repln history, using console commands (push, pull, repln), and nothing happened other than occasionally thousands of documents would suddenly delete. (I see someone posted that in the forums, too.)

  4. This database is 9 GB in size, has 280,000 docs, and has "soft deletion," "allow more fields," "overwrite free space," "don?t maintain unread marks" and "document table bitmap optimization" set.

  5. We found an article about the "soft deletion" flag causing errors. We are investigating this.
Is there something obvious that we've missed? Any help would be appreciated.
In my experience, this kind of problem is usually related to permissions. Does each server have a cross certification to the other domains? Does each database ACL list the other servers with at least Designer access?

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