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I am trying to create automate/daily backup of database in SQL Server 2008 R2. I did bit of research and I get to know that as I am using Express edition; which doesn't come with Maintenance Plan, I can't create database backup automate/daily basis. So, the only possibilities are I have to use either TSQL or create Job. I don't have much understanding of SQL Job, so I am left with T-SQL only.

Can anyone explain me how to do automate backup of database in T-SQL using stored procedure or is there any other options I have to do that.


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Since you are using SQL Server Express, you will have to get creative. You don't have any SQL Server native scheduling tool, you can utilize Task Scheduler, and schedule a daily task to run SQLCMD, with query text to backup your database.

I'd recommend creating a script that does some string manipulation to generate a day-unique filename for the BACKUP DATABASE T-SQL.

Your script could resemble something like this:

-- declare the backup filename (with path) without the file extension
declare @DestFile varchar(128) = 'C:\BackupDir\BackupFileName_';

-- get the current date as a nice and sortable string
declare @CurrentDate varchar(64) = '';
set @CurrentDate = replace(convert(varchar(10), getdate(), 111), '/', '');

set @DestFile += @CurrentDate + '.bak';

backup database YourDatabaseName
to disk = @DestFile;

Save that T-SQL to a script file (for example's sake, C:\YourScriptDir\BackupDatabase.sql). To run this script using SQLCMD, you could do:

sqlcmd -S YourServerName\YourInstanceName -i C:\YourScriptDir\BackupDatabase.sql

Then just schedule that with Task Scheduler to run daily. It's one giant spaghetti workaround, but that's what you get with a free version.

(the above process would be tailored to a database in Simple Recovery mode. If you are in Full, then you need to consider transaction log backups as well)

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Try our SQLBackupAndFTP tool. You can run scheduled backups of SQL Server databases (full, differential or transaction log), run file/folder backup, zip and encrypt the backups, store them on a network, FTP server, Dropbox, Box, Amazon S3, Google Drive or SkyDrive, send yourself an e-mail confirmation on job success of failure.

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