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How to get Synchronisation between two SQL Servers to perform better

We originally had a web site which used a MS Access database.  Using SQL DTS we downloaded the database via FTP updated the master SQL Server 2005 database and then created a refreshed Access database and uploaded back to the website using FTP.  The entire process took about 40 mins.

We have come to replace the web site database with a hosted MS SQL 2005 database.  We have tried all sorts of approaches - replication, data comparison utliities, etc. all of which take at least 1.5 hours to do the same job !

Any suggested approaches to get the two databases to sync quickly and correctly without FTP (as this was a regular point of failure with the original approach).  For example, are there any compression products out there that will compress the traffic?


Thanks.
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3Si_pnewman
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Ted BouskillSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
All you can do is minimize the traffic yourself.   Are you comparing row by row in tables?  If yes are you using CURSOR's?  They are performance killers.

Normally designers use a column with an update date that is modified with a trigger, you can then compare update dates to determine what rows need to be synchronized.

There is a good trick to determine if two rows are different with that date if you and need to be sychronized without sending the entire row to either database.  You use the CHECKSUM() function on all of the columns on each row, they compare them.

The key is that you only send the new or modified rows to each server, not the entire database for comparison.
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