I have some table :
What happens in a replicating environment if remote user 1 updates a row, and then replicates the change to the main site? Does the last_update get updated AGAIN at the main site when the change arrives and is processed?
Please tell me it doesn't.
When you look at the SQL statements that are sent to the other side (by running DBREMOTE -v -o C:\´MyLog.txt) you will notice that the receiving database gets a complete statement with the *last_update* column set. And the particular DEFAULT TIMESTAMP default will only be applied when the column's value is not set explicetely. So no need to worry, we have used this DEFAULT in a SQL Remote setup for years.
As to your new example: If the remote exeucutes the following SQL statement (say, in a client app):
then last_update will be set automatically to current timestamp (say, to '2010-01-28 11:24:23.123456'). The transaction log will then contain something like (you could check by using DBTRAN):
And it's that statement that is sent to the consolidated. Obviously, the statement contains a value for the DEFAULT TIMESTAMP column, so it doesn't update *last_update* again.