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

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What Is Merge Replication?

Merge replication is the capability for multiple sites to make changes in a database (that is, publication), track the changes, and then merge the changes back in to a destination database. With merge replication, each site works by itself without having to be connected to any other site(s), and users can update, add, or delete any information in the published articles without using data partitioning or a two-phase commit. At some point, the site connects to another site (that is, destination database) and merges the changes to the destination database. If both sites update the same information, a conflict occurs. In this case, merge replication performs conflict resolution and accepts one of the changes based on the ...

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