Dynamics CRM being online, we do not have access to the database for any operations and in integration scenarios, it’s very common to use the database to database communications. Here Scribe Replication services was the quick help for everyone.
Scribe is very popular in all dynamics developers for integration and replication, however now I think they have to upgrade their skills and learn new way of the integration and replication. Microsoft has come up with Data Export Services which replicates the data from Dynamics CRM to either Azure SQL database or SQL server on the Azure virtual machine.
The Data Export Service, replicates the complete CRM data along with the schema changes. I really liked this feature of Microsoft. You can even select the entities which you want to replicate.
I am not going in details of the steps to configure the replication as there are many blogs which provide details of complete procedure step by step.
You can refer to below links for the more details of data export service
While exploring more, came across a limitation as it does not replicate the attachments. Hence you need address this limitation by using some workaround, if you need attachments also to be synced.
As I mentioned, instead of Scribe replication service we can definitely use data export service, which is free a service from Microsoft. However we need to consider the cost of Azure subscription as it’s not available for on premise database. Further developments would tell us on how this feature would be enhanced and will it be successful to get on the Scribe.