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Breck Carter
Last modified: February 23, 1998
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Tip 78: Replication Step By Step

And In Conclusion

Replication is hard. When creating an ordinary database you ask yourself "What do I want to do?" With a replication setup you must ask that same question plus two more: "Where does it get done?" and "When does it happen?"

And when errors happen it's no longer simply a matter of "What happened?" but where and when as well. Because the repair requires decisions about where and when as well as what.

Replication is also new. The application of general-purpose replication solutions to problems involving complex business rules is not obvious or easy, and "best practices" are still emerging. SQL Remote may no longer a "Release 1.0" product but some of the recent enhancements are, especially SQL Server support. And as with all new and useful products it's the customers who find new uses and new solutions.

This document has dealt with replication by going through the basic steps in great detail. If you've followed along then it should be clear there really are a lot of steps. It should also be clear how each step works and how they are related to one another. And that means you're ready to move on to the fun stuff, figuring out how to make replication work on your application.

On The Next Geraldo...

The real fun begins after the basics have been mastered. Here's a list of some interesting topics not covered by this document:

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