I find it frustrating that the SQL Server 2005/2008 default trace is continually overwritten and there is no way to store x number of files or x MBs of data. As a workaround, I developed an SSIS package to monitor the \LOG folder and automatically archive the default trace file whenever a new file is created.
This consists of a FOR LOOP container, a Script Task and a File System Task plus a whole bunch of variables and property expressions.
The guts of the package is really in the Script Task as this is where I use a WMI query to monitor the \LOG folder for .trc files. The file is then renamed (date-time-servername-file) to another folder\share which can be a UNC structure e.g. \\server\share. This way I have a permanent record of the basic server activity for root cause analysis/troubleshooting.
The screenshot below shows the basic structure of the package.
After a few late nights, some coffee and a few review cycles, a new article has just been published on the SQLCAT site which provides an overview of the subscriber initialisation techniques for transactional replication and, more specifically using an array-based snapshot http://sqlcat.com/technicalnotes/archive/2009/05/04/initializing-a-transactional-replication-subscriber-from-an-array-based-snapshot.aspx
In case you missed the Tech-Ed 2009 announcement, you can find the info here http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/MDS.aspx
“On initial scoping, it was determined that 'Bulldog' would ship as part of Microsoft Office SharePoint in the O14 wave. At TechEd 2009, we announced a change in packaging for the new MDM capabilities. Project 'Bulldog' will now ship as part of the next release of SQL Server codenamed ‘Kilimanjaro’ as 'SQL Server Master Data Services.
This means that in addition to new capabilities such as Self Service BI and multi-server management, SQL Server ‘Kilimanjaro’ will also provide customers with a rich platform for MDM through SQL Server Master Data Services. Customers who have purchased Software Assurance (SA) should view this as net new value and innovation that they will have access to as a result of their investments in SA.”