The SQL Server 2000 replication function is one of the most popular tools available on this edition. Replication utility has become a favorite tool of administrators because it allows them to easily redistribute data from one server to another. Specifically, the SQL Server replication function enables administrators to copy data from a server then distribute them on the same server or to another server.
The capability to replicate significantly strengthens the security of the database because administrators can deploy data easily on multi-tier database architectures. This is especially useful for companies that have double layer backend servers as administrators can easily back-up or publish some database on a separate server. This ensures the integrity of the database by reducing the risk of serving downtimes which make the database offline.
The SQL Server 2000 replication process starts when the data categorized as publication has been subscribed to by another server. The ‘publish – subscribe’ operation can be compared to standard publishing schemes. Administrators can allocate certain sections or parts of the database to act as publications. These are data that are specifically configured to become available for replication. When the data has been subscribed to by another server, the publication or the data will be replicated. After replication, it will be distributed to the subscribers which are actually other servers or sections of the same server.
SQL Server 2000 replication processes and utility are critical components for enhanced database management. It will allow administrators to easily manage the duplication of databases and publish them seamless on another server.