SQL Server Replication

If you have ever been responsible for a replication environment, you know what a pain that can be.  Many of the guests of the show will point out their frustration with replication and many are loathe to use it–myself included; however, there are a few brave souls out in the world who do use replication regularly–and even use it well.  Chuck Lathrope is our guest today and he talks us through some of the components of replication and why we might not need to be so skittish about this long time feature.

We cover all the basics including an overview of Transactional Replication, Merge Replication, Peer-to-Peer replication and Snapshot Replication, the concept of publisher, distributor and subscriber in relation to replication.  The most important piece is Chuck gives us some good business cases for why we might use replication and I think you will find the discussion interesting.  Thanks for joining us on the SQL trail!

Episode Quotes

“I like to talk about it to waylay fears and give out some best practice knowledge”

“Stick to people who know what they are doing”

“The real ultimate goal of replication is to offload work from your main source of truth database server”

Listen to Learn

– Why you might use SQL server replication
– Different types of replication
– Use cases of transactional replication
– Replication and trace token
– Troubleshooting tips
– Where to get good information

Our Guest

Chuck Lathrope

Chuck Lathrope is a Data Architect for Limeade, a SaaS health and wellness platform. He is a two-time SQL Saturday event speaker on replication, was a Top 5 nominee of Red-Gate Exceptional DBA Award in 2009. With over 20 years of experience in IT, he have used different operating systems as well as worked with different applications. He was also a Windows System Administrator for 12 years.

Meet the Hosts

carlos chacon headshot

Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at databasehealth.com and provides training through SQL Trail events.

eugene meidinger headshot

Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

kevin feasel headshot

Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

Want to Submit Some Feedback?

Did we miss something or not quite get it right? Want to be a guest or suggest a guest/topic for the podcast?

Let's find what you're looking for