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I am migrating SQL Server DBs to a new instance.

I have been told that it is possible to dynamically build a RESTORE script from available backups in the system catalog.

Does anyone know of a sample script to do this?


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I, personally, use sp_restorecriptgenie by Paul Brewer. Here's the link to the SCC article that has it. Under 'The Procedure'


Basically, once you build the sproc, just run exec sp_restorescriptgenie and the script will go out and get all backups for every DB (even transaction logs) and give you a script to generate them. Also generates the DBCC CHECKDB commands to check the DBs after restoring.

I actually just used this script about an hour ago so i can do a test restore and verify my backups.

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FYI .. Its on SCC –  Kin Jul 31 '14 at 15:27
Ah-ha! I must have scrolled right past it. Answer updated. –  Kris Gruttemeyer Jul 31 '14 at 15:29
Do you know if this will handle multiple backup files? –  Kenneth Fisher Jul 31 '14 at 16:20
As in full/differentials and transaction logs? If so, then yes. –  Kris Gruttemeyer Jul 31 '14 at 16:26
Actually I was meaning multiple full files, multiple diff files (striping the backup). I checked though and it does. I tested with 4 files (it claims to do up to 10). –  Kenneth Fisher Jul 31 '14 at 16:43

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