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I have seven subscribers to a replicated publication using transactional replication in SQL Server 2012.

Do I treat the subscribers just like a normal database and perform maintenance via a maintenance plan on them - or should they be left alone / treated any differently?

I know that Microsoft recommend backing up subscriber databases as usual, so I presume this would be part of a normal maintenance plan?

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  • Yes, you should. It is no different than your other DBs.
    – SQLPRODDBA
    Jun 11 '16 at 5:51
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Do I treat the subscribers just like a normal database and perform maintenance via a maintenance plan on them - or should they be left alone / treated any differently?

Yes, subscriber databases should be treated as regular user databases & you should intelligently perform Index maintenance (and do backups as well) . Infact, replication does not replicate index maintenance. Also, from BOL :

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One suggestion - please do not use maintenance plan !

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