Change Tracking

SQL Server provides a great feature that track changes to data in a database: Change tracking.
This features enables applications to determine the DML changes (insert, update, and delete operations) that were made to user tables in a database.
Change tracking is supported since SQL Server 2008 and is available from within Azure Sql Database.
If you need, for some reasons, to run your sync from an older version, you will have to fallback on the SqlSyncProvider.


If you need more information on this feature, the best place to start is here : Track data changes with SQL Server

A new Sql sync provider which uses this Change Tracking feature is available with DMS:
This provider is called SqlSyncChangeTrackingProvider.

The SqlSyncChangeTrackingProvider is compatible with all others sync providers: You can have a server database using the SqlSyncChangeTrackingProvider and some clients databases using any of the others providers.

What does it mean to use Change Tracking from within your database ?

  • No more tracking tables in your database
  • No more triggers on your tables in your database
  • Metadatas retention managed by SQL Server itself
  • Changes tracked by the SQL Engine, way better performances than using triggers and tracking tables

To be able to use SqlSyncChangeTrackingProvider on your database, do not forget to activate the Change Tracking on your database :


You don’t have to activate Change Tracking on each table. It will be enabled by DMS on each table part of the sync process.

Once it’s done, the code is almost the same:

var serverProvider = new SqlSyncChangeTrackingProvider("Data Source=....");
var clientProvider = new SqlSyncChangeTrackingProvider("Data Source=....");