The following are some restrictions of synchronization models:
Changes made outside the model cannot be redeployed If you deploy a synchronization model and then make changes to it outside the model, those changes are not saved in the model. This practice is fine if you want to use the model as a starting point, deploy, and then make all your changes outside the model. However, if you want to redeploy the model, you are better off making your changes to your MobiLink project so that they are saved and can be redeployed.
Versions A synchronization model can have only one version. See Script versions.
MobiLink system database You cannot use a MobiLink system database that is separate from the consolidated database when deploying a synchronization model. See MobiLink system database.
Multiple publications You cannot create multiple publications. After you have deployed your model you can add more publications using non-model methods such as the CREATE PUBLICATION statement, but you cannot reverse-engineer these additions back into your model. See Publishing data.
Views It is not possible to select a view when you are selecting consolidated database tables for table mappings.
Computed columns You cannot upload to computed columns in a consolidated database table. If you deploy a synchronization model with computed columns, the deployment may have errors creating the trigger used for timestamp-based downloads. You can either exclude the column from synchronization, or configure the table as download-only (and either use snapshot download or edit the generated consolidated SQL file to remove the computed column from the trigger definition).
Copying computed columns causes a syntax error when deploying the new remote schema to create a new remote database. When dealing with computed columns you should do one of the following:
Deploy the synchronization model to an existing remote database.
Exclude the computed column from the remote schema. Note that if you want to synchronize a consolidated database table that has computed columns, you cannot upload to the table.
The Microsoft SQL Server AdventureWorks sample database contains computed columns. Set the columns to be download-only or exclude the columns from synchronization when using this database to create a model.
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