Unanswered: Replication - can subscriber objects be pre-existing?
My manager does not want to go through the process of moving 40 GB of data to the subscriber database over the network as would occur during the initialization phase of replication (exact method of replication has yet to be determined). The subscriber db is for Web Access and will be read-only. He wants to back up a db and use tapes to restore the db on the subscriber db server, and then activate replication. I have told him that you have to allow SQL Server to create the objects on the subscriber side and you have to allow SQL Server to control the data flow, that manually creating the objects on the subscriber side will not work. He says that I am incorrect.
Who is right? I haven't been able to find an answer from the Microsoft site and news groups.