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Fundamentals of SQL Server 2012 Replication by Sebastian Meine

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Chapter 9: Merge Replication – the Replication Agents

Similar to the replication agents used in transactional replication, merge replication agents are external programs that facilitate data movement across the SQL Server instances participating in replication. However, in merge replication, the agents also utilize a special set of triggers, tables, and views implemented specifically to support merge replication. These components are unique to merge replication and are not used in transactional replication.

When you run the replication setup wizards, SQL Server automatically creates the necessary merge replication agents, the SQL Server Agent jobs that run those agents, and the set of triggers, tables, and views that the agents use.

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