SQL Replication Crash Course

A major change in System Center 2012 ConfigMgr is the use of SQL Server replication for intersite communications. SQL Server replication largely replaces the inbox structure and file transfer methods of data exchange used in ConfigMgr 2007 and SMS. ConfigMgr sites are now able to process data and replicate it to other sites rather than requiring multiple sites to process the same data files. When you add a site to an existing hierarchy, ConfigMgr automatically configures SQL replication during site installation.

ConfigMgr uses two types of database replication:

• Snapshot replication is used for initial replication when a new site is created in a hierarchy.

• The ConfigMgr Database Replication Service uses the SQL ...

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