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Synchronizing a database with SQL 2000 and SQL 2008 across a WAN

We have SQL 2000 at our office and SQL 2008 at a data center.  The sites are connected via a VPN between two PIX firewalls.

I have one database that needs to be shared between the two.  The users at the office insert the records and users on a web application hosted at the data center update the records.  The updated records need to go back to the office server which uses them to update a seperate database that is only used locally at the office.

Is this a situation for merge replication or bidirectional transactional replication?  Is bidirectional transactional replication even possible with a mix of SQL 2000 and SQL 2008?  Am I overlooking a different solution?
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St3veMaxCommented:
You've stated your requirement; but you've not said what latency you can deal with; i.e. the data needs to be sent within 1/10/60/+ mins...

Not sure how happy Bidirectional Transactional would be with the different versions; Would need to look into any issues with replicating to different versions and possibly editions.

HTH
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fairoakianAuthor Commented:
I really dislike the idea of anything that isn't immediate or nearly immediate.  I have one DTS job that runs hourly and I could never get the users to grasp the concept.  That said, reliability and consistency need to take preference if it comes to that.
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fairoakianAuthor Commented:
The suggestion to look into version differences rendered my question moot as we're using the workgroup edition at the collocation.
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