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Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Unleashed by Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Paul T. Bertucci, Ray Rankins

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The distribution Database

The distribution database, utilized during replication, stores metadata and history information for all types of replication. It is also used to store transactions when transactional replication is utilized. By default, replication is not installed with SQL Server, and you do not see the distribution database listed in SSMS. However, the actual data files for the distribution database are installed by default.

Refer to Chapter 40, “Replication,” for a more detailed discussion of the intricacies of replication.

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