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Physical tables represent the actual tables of data within your source database. They can either be configured as physical tables, select tables (analogous to a database view but defined within the repository rather than the database data dictionary), or stored proc (procedure) tables, typically used for Microsoft SQL Server data sources and which take their data from the output of a stored procedure

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different types of Physical tables !