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If the source is insert-only give it an IDENTITY column. When you do your data transfer you log the highest value written across. During the next transfer you need only query for values greater than that logged during the previous transfer. We do this for transferring log records to a data warehouse. For updatable rows add a "dirty" flag. It will have ...


No, there isn't any. Any sort of 'last updated at' tracking would run into a severe performance problem as all updates, from all transactions, would attempt to update the one record tracking the 'last updated at'. This would effectively mean only one transaction can update the table at any moment, and all other transactions have to wait for the first one to ...

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