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Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 DBA Survival Guide, Second Edition by Mark Spenik, Orryn Sledge

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Replication Topology

Publishers, distributors, and subscribers each play a role in the distribution of data. The method of connecting all these pieces together and their relationship to one another establishes your topology. In a simple topology, the publisher and distributor are located on a single server and there can be one or more subscribers. Specific requirements for distributing data might call for a more complicated topology. If there are hundreds of subscribers to a publication, a single publisher or distributor might not have the resources necessary to manage the heavy processor load and disk I/O. By carefully arranging your publishers and distributors, you could alleviate some of the burden on a server that contains the primary source ...

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