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Guru's Guide to SQL Server Architecture and Internals, The by Ken Henderson

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Chapter 23. Merge Replication

I've never liked the word “tolerate.” Saying you tolerate someone else's culture or beliefs is like saying you put up with the guy who keeps a messy yard because the government says you have to, but you'd gladly evict him if the opportunity presented itself. We shouldn't just tolerate other cultures—we should celebrate them. Inasmuch as we want our own culture to be respected and well thought of, we should respect and enjoy the cultures of other people.

—H. W. Kenton

Although both transactional replication and snapshot replication support the notion of bidirectional data updates, they do not offer as much power and flexibility as merge replication offers. While they both support subscriber-side updates as well as ...

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