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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 is a special type of database installed on the distribution server. This database, which is as a store-and-forward database, holds all transactions waiting to be distributed to any subscribers. This database receives transactions from any published databases that have designated it as their distributor. The transactions are held here until they are sent to the subscribers successfully. After a period of time, these transactions are purged from the distribution database. In some special situations, the transactions might not be purged for a longer period, enabling anonymous subscribers ample time to synchronize. The distribution database is the heart of the data replication facility. As you can ...

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