We have three databases that are physically separated by region, one in LA, SF and NY. All the databases share the same schema but contain data specific to their region. We're looking to merge these databases into one and mirror it. We need to preserve the data for each region but merge them into one db. This presents quite a few issues for us, for example we will certainly have duplicate Primary Keys, and Foreign Keys will be potentially invalid.
I'm hoping to find someone who has had experience with a task like this who could provide some tips, strategies and words of experience on how we can accomplish the merge.
For example, one idea was to create composite keys and then change our code and sprocs to find the data via the composite key (region/original pk). But this requires us to change all of our code and sprocs.
Another idea was to just import the data and let it generate new PK's and then update all the FK references to the new PK. This way we potentially don't have to change any code.
Any experience is welcome!