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I can't seem to find the option to set the server property that will enable compression on SQL database backup to be ON by default, so I don't have to manually set it every time.

Can anyone point me at that please.

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Technet Online says:

To view or configure the backup compression default option

In Object Explorer, right-click a server and select Properties.

Click the Database settings node.

Under Backup and restore, Compress backup shows the current setting of the backup compression default option. This setting determines the server-level default for compressing backups, as follows:

If the Compress backup box is blank, new backups are uncompressed by default.

If the Compress backup box is checked, new backups are compressed by default.

If you are a member of the sysadmin or serveradmin fixed server role, you can also change the default setting by clicking the Compress backup box.

from: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb933863.aspx

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EXEC sys.sp_configure N'backup compression default', N'1'
GO
RECONFIGURE WITH OVERRIDE
GO

See backup compression default Option in the documentation.

This method can be easily included in a SQL Server setup script.

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I know this question has been already answered, but I found an article that easily details all of the answers above with screenshots included.

It also has some more details related to SQL Server compression, including some recommendations and some guidelines for security in order to use the T-SQL Script above to change the default compression.

You can find the article at http://sqlbak.com/blog/how-to-configure-backup-compression/

I hope this helps others too!

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