Currently we use SQL Server 2014 Transaction Replication in Windows Server 2012 (both Publisher and Subscriber are on different servers with the same operating system).

We need to add a new subscriber, and my question is this: do we need to have the same operating system for the newly added subscriber, i.e. Windows Server 2012, or can I use the Windows 7 operating system.

Note : Both Publisher and Subscriber are in two different domains.


You can use SQL Server replication on different Windows versions. What is more important is the version of SQL Server.


  • Thanks for quick response, will proceed accordingly and let you know if i face any problem while creating subscriber. Regards, Uday. – Uday Reddy Dec 16 '16 at 9:14

You can use transactional replication between SQL Servers regardless of the operating system you are using, but I would like to make the remark that, since you are talking about Windows 7 isn't necessarily a supported operating system.

See for example Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2014 where you will notice that Windows 7 is in the supported operating systems for Standard edition but not for Enterprise edition.

You might want to keep that in mind.

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