Synchronizing SSAS2005 Databases

For the last day I’ve played with the synchronization option in Analysis Services. Haven’t looked much into it, however I’ve come up with a few times and thought I’d share them with you.
 
 
Database Sizes
  • Total Size: 15GB
  • Files: 25k
  • Difference between the two databases being sync’ed: 2GB

Servers

  • Same datacenter
  • Gigabit NIC’s
  • Both 64bit four proc AMD 2400 MHz’s
  • Source server RAM: 16GB
  • Targer server RAM: 8GB
  • Source server disk: SAN
  • Target server disk: Direct attached

Sync Times

  • Compressed: 10 minutes
  • Non-compresed: 9 minutes
  • Restore: 25 minutes

Has anyone played with the synchronization option? What type of performance have you seen? Do these numbers seem to jive with what you all are getting?

I’m still planning on digging more into it – if anyone has links about synchronization please post them in the comments!

Code

<Synchronize xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/analysisservices/2003/engine">
  <Source>
    <ConnectionString>Provider=MSOLAP.3;Data Source=SourceServerName;ConnectTo=9.0;Integrated Security=SSPI;Initial Catalog=SourceDatabaseName</ConnectionString>
    <Object>
      <DatabaseID>TargetDatabaseName</DatabaseID>
    </Object>
  </Source>
  <SynchronizeSecurity>CopyAll</SynchronizeSecurity>
  <ApplyCompression>false</ApplyCompression>
</Synchronize>

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