In a nutshell, replication is the capability to reliably duplicate data from a source database to one or more destination databases. SQL Server 2000 gives you the power for replication design, implementation, monitoring, and administration. This gives you the functionality and flexibility needed for distributing a copy of data and maintaining data consistency among the distributed. You can automatically distribute data from one SQL Server to many different SQL Servers through ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) or OLE DB. SQL Server replication provides update replication capabilities such as Immediate Updating Subscribers and Merge replication. With all the new enhancements to SQL Server replication, the number of possible applications and business scenarios is mind-boggling.
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