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I had created a MySQL database dump in php successfully using this below code.

exec("mysqldump --user=$dbuser --password=$dbpass --host=$dbhost $dbname $dbtable > C:/xampp/htdocs/utils/".$name.".sql");

I would like to create a dump of a MS SQL Server database using SQLSRV & PHP Code

I have no idea on it
please see the below image this my DataBase and StudentDetails-table fields

MY DB Structure enter image description here


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Can you clarify whether you want to backup the whole database, or just one table? The solution in each scenario is quite different. There is no simple equivalent of the mysqldump utility. – Iain Elder Jan 5 '14 at 19:19
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Use this PHP code to take Backup

    $query = "BACKUP DATABASE Student TO DISK = 'D:\cdbname.bak'";

    $conn = sqlsrv_connect('SERVER\SQLEXPRESS',array('UID'=>'username', 'PWD'=>'password','Database'=>'Student'));

    if ( !$conn )

    sqlsrv_configure("WarningsReturnAsErrors", 0);
    if ( ($stmt = sqlsrv_query($conn, $query)) )
            echo " * ---End of result --- *\r\n";*/
        } while ( sqlsrv_next_result($stmt) ) ;
    sqlsrv_configure("WarningsReturnAsErrors", 1);
let me try it out.. – faroke moahmed Jan 6 '14 at 7:00

MS SQL handles backups differently from mySQL. Rather than dumping the data and the definitions, it creates a binary description of the data and how it's laid out on the disk. It also creates recovery checkpoints and other features for better restoring.

In order to get the type of data you're looking for, you'll need to use the generate scripts feature in SSMS. There's an option for types of data to script.

I'm not aware of any way to do it from PHP.

At a simple level, the backup process is the same. Each backup process creates a file with a static copy of the database structure and data. You can use this file to restore the database at another time or in another place. The main basic difference is you can't open a SQL Server backup in Notepad and understand the content. With PHP's exec and sqlcmd on the path you can do anything you could do in T-SQL. – Iain Elder Jan 5 '14 at 19:22
Perhaps I misunderstand. My impression was that the OP wanted the MS SQL equivalent of mysqldump. Depending on what he intends to do with the file, that may or may not be what he's looking for. Of course he can run "Backup database mydb" through PHP, but if he wants a text file that looks like the output of mysqldump... – Katherine Villyard Jan 5 '14 at 19:26
I think your interpretation might be correct. I read "dump" as "backup" because in MySQL they are basically the same thing. – Iain Elder Jan 6 '14 at 1:59

SQL Server has no exact equivalent of the mysqldump utility.

As Katherine said, SQL Server's default backup format is a binary file. It serves the same basic purpose as a dump file - you use it to restore a database. But you can't read it in a text editor - you need special tools to interpret it.

If you just want a backup of the whole database or a single table, there are a couple of utilities you can invoke using PHP's exec function.

To backup a single table, use the bcp utlity.

bcp dbo.$dbtable out $name.bcp -U $dbuser -P $dbpass -S $dbhost -d $dbname 

To backup the whole database, use the sqlcmd utility and the BACKUP DATABASE command.

sqlcmd -S $dbhost -d $dbname -U $dbuser -P $dbpass -Q "BACKUP DATABASE $dbname TO FILE '$name.bak';"

If you need something more like mysqldump, you could use a PowerShell script or a third-party tool.

With PowerShell SMO (Server Management Objects), you can use the Scripter class and the ScriptingOptions class to script any object.

While researching the answer I found a third-party tool called sqlserverdump, "a command line utility inspired by mysqldump". I've not tried it yet, but it might be just what you need.

thanks..let me try it out.. – faroke moahmed Jan 6 '14 at 6:59

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