Making copies of data which may be restored after a data loss event or to recover data from some earlier point in time.

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Restore script in SQL server doesn't work in W7

I need a little help with a restore process, I can't find specific help in other similar questions, sorry if my question does not correspond. I have this script in my system: RESTORE DATABASE ...
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How to delete a Backup from a backup set in SQL Server 2008 R2

The title pretty much sums it up. We are running out of space on our backup disks, and need to remove old backups out of the set. I can't seem to find any information on this.
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How do I archive and restore selected tables using SQL Server?

How do I archive and restore selected tables using SQL Server?
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Maintenance Plan fails but the query it generates Runs

I have an SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition whose Maintenance plan fails constantly with the error: backup MYSERVER (MYSERVER) Backup Database on MYSERVER Databases that have a compatibility level ...
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Is command BACKUP asynchronous operation

I got strange delays when backed up a group of databases (20 more) in one scope (TSQL) to the same file location. Is it possible that multiple backup operations are running at the same time? I have ...
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How often do you back up the distribution database for transactional replication when sync with backup is set to true for the distribution database?

I'm trying to figure out how often to back up the distribution database when "sync with backup" is set to true. If I understand this correctly, sync with backup ensures the distribution database can ...
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SQL Server: why to use a backup device?

When taking backups from databases, is it "good practice" to use logical backup device for backup location? What is the benefit of using backup devices?
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Is SQL Server Backup single or multi-threaded?

If you perform a... BACKUP DATABASE [DB_Name] TO DISK=N'c:\backups\db_name.bak' WITH STATS=10 Will that perform a single or multi-threaded write? Our Server support company advised us that if we ...
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Backup / Restore Distributor

I have a database architecture with: => 1 distributor running on a dedicated instance of SQL Server 2005 => 2 publishers running each on a dedicated instance of SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 => ...
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Copy database schema from SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2005 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Downgrading from SQL Server 2008 to 2005 Is it possible to copy the database schema from SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2005, I don't need data from the tables, just ...
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Why are Stored Procedure schema changes not being replicated when using ”initialize with backup”?

In SQL Server I have set up transational replication using the "initialize with backup" option. Data is being replicated fine, as are schema changes to tables. However, schema changes to stored ...
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Scheduled backup task doesn't always backup all databases despite always saying job successful

I have a job in SQL 2008 that runs a stored proc to backup all databases. This runs daily via sql server agent job. It quits with success every day but some days it quits with success only after ...
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SQL Server Backups - A couple of questions

We run our weekly backup job at 9pm on Fridays and we are experiencing a couple of issues with regard to disk space (which gets perilously low at times) and performance. We're looking at ...
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Quick MySQL Backup

I have a database which is grown to 3GB and it has 3 MyISAM tables. And I have 4GB RAM. What will be the best (quick) way to backup this database without any performance lack. Or mysqldump will work ...
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How to compare the database of a backup from another environment

Has anyone had any luck with taking a backup (approx 30 tables) from an Oracle database's live environment, then loading a test environment with this backup and doing a comparison between the test ...
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Is it possible to restore sql-server bak and shrink the log at the same time?

We have a bak file from a client that we have transferred to our developer offices for problem investigation. The backup is currently 25GB and the restored database is about the same size however it ...
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MySQL Database Poisoning: How to recover to a known state quickly

If you want to avoid database poisoning (ie want to recover back to a point-in-time quickly) which methodology do you prefer? Let me define data poisoning. You insert some things in your database ...
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Oracle Backup/Recovery architecture

When we write the following: allocate channel ch1_tape type sbt; set controlfile autobackup format for device type sbt to '%F'; restore controlfile from autobackup; RELEASE CHANNEL ch1_tape; By ...
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Backing up SQL DB more frequently

I currently have a scheduled task that fires off each night at 2 AM that calls SQLCMD.exe and passes it a .sql script to run for the backup (shown below). We're a pretty small company with growing ...
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Unable to BackUp Database on SQL2005

I have a database in MS SQL2005 that I can not backup. Whenever I try to create a backup of the selected database through SQL Mgm studio I get this error: The Backup of full-text catalog in not ...
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Oracle Backup and Recovery Issue

I have backed up database located on Host1 and restored/recovered it on Host2. After a while, I backed up DB on Host1 again. Now I want DBs on Host1 and Host2 be the same using last backup. How can ...
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How do I copy my SQL Azure database to a local SQL Server instance?

I have an OLTP database hosted on a SQL Azure instance. I want to pull a copy of the database down from the cloud so I can run some heavy extracts and OLAP-style queries against it without impacting ...
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Database backups

I have 10gb RDBMS (SQL Server). I would like to back it up as often as possible, but it seems that I will need an awful lot of space to make this happen on the order of several times per day. How ...
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How to create a backup schema script including System Tables in Sql Server 2008 R2?

I need to back up my entire DB including one table that's allocated in "Tables -> System Tables". When I try to generate the sql scripts to back up my DB this table isn't mapped in this scripts. Do I ...
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Scheduled backup errors

I am trying to do the following. I have about 50 DBs and a network NAS that acts as backup machine. I have made an sql script(lets say backup.sql) with 50 lines each of these say "BACKUP DATABASE ABC ...
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Backup Compression in SQL Server 2005

I noticed that simply zipping my backup files reduces the space used by 70% My idea was to, initially, backup the databases to a local server; then, using Bacula or Cobian (I don't have a budget), ...
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How can I backup & restore a single FILEGROUP in Sql Server 2008

Previously, on ServerFault I asked a question about backing up and restoring a Sql Server 2008 Filegroup. Today, when I tried to RESTORE one of these FILEGROUP backups, I got the following error:- ...
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Are database backups specific to the OS on which they are created?

I am trying to get a better understanding of the behaviors of database backups for Sybase (15.X) and Oracle (11.x) as it relates to the underlying OS. Is the backup file OS specific or can it be ...
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How and what do you backup for a simple Oracle DB?

Background: I am in the following situation: We have a JIRA instance running on a dedicated server machine (Windows Server). It uses Oracle XE to store all the data. The JIRA instance and a Oracle ...
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Determine when a PostgreSQL database was last changed

I'm looking at altering how backups are done and am wondering if there is a way to determine which databases in a postgreql cluster have not been recently changed? Instead of using pg_dumpall, I'd ...
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Restoring a backup to an older version of SQL Server

When trying to restore a backup to a SQL Server Express 2008 database I got the following error: Restore failed for Server '...\SQLEXPRESS'. (Microsoft.SqlServer.SmoExtended) ...
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Extract specific backupfiles from SQL Server 2008 backup

I have a big .bak file containing a full backup and some transaction log backups. Is it possible to extract only the transaction log backups so I can copy them to another PC? (the full backup has ...
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How often to backup the master database?

The suggestion in BOL is fairly vague: Back up master as often as necessary to protect the data sufficiently for your business needs. We recommend a regular backup schedule, which you can ...
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Should I stop transaction log backups during a full backup?

I have two SQL Agent jobs which are scheduled to run at different intervals. The first job runs a full backup once a day. The second job runs transaction log backups every fifteen minutes. As the ...
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Will the transaction log shrink automagically in SQL Server?

When SQL Server database in a SIMPLE mode, you don't have to care about the transaction log bakcups. But in a SIMPLE mode, the transaction log seems to grow as it does in FULL mode. Does is truncate ...
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Oracle Backup and Recovery

My backed up archivelog file format is 'al_%U'. During recovery it shows the following error: RMAN-06054: media recovery requesting unknown log: thread 1 seq 17 lowscn 671075 How to determine which ...
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Is it possible to backup and restore part of a database in sql-server?

We have a sql-server 2005 database that we regularly transfer from our client site to ours. This takes a long time because we don't have a direct connection and have to transfer the file over their ...
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SQL Server: cold backup, shutting down services?

One of our collagues told me that they are doing "cold" backups for SQL Server so that they are shutting down services and then taking a backup somehow. I think this is all wrong! Am I right? I think ...
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How does PostgreSQL handle Checkpoints in the middle of a WAL-enabled backup?

On a PostgreSQL v9.0 I've a WAL archiving system working. So WAL files a regulary archived (when 3 WAL are created or if a WAL is older than 15 minutes). Now I add a binary packup of the PG_DATA ...
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Why is a .bak so much smaller than the database it's a backup of?

I just took a backup of a SQL Server database. The MDF and LDF files together total around 29 GB, but the .bak file was only 23 GB, about 20% smaller. My first guess when one version of a set of ...
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Restore encrypted database to another server

I'm using a product which runs on SQLServer 2008. Understandably the company supplying it don't offer SQLServer support. When I installed the product I specified a password to encrypt the database. ...
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What is the difference between XtraBackup and rsync?

Yes, I'm going to run strace on them both... However, I would like to know ... What is XtraBackup is doing over and above rsync -ac src dest ? What's so special about XtraBbackup ? How is XtraBackup ...
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Removing Archive Logs after PostgreSQL PITR online-recovery

I'm using pgpool-II + PostgreSQL 8.4 on three servers: primary + standby1 + standby2. Replication mode is "on" Load balance mode is "on" (between primary and standby1) I followed the official ...
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Save postgres database from broken ubuntu 10.04 server

Recently a database server with an important db broke (some grub linux issue that I'd prefer not to solve). I can still access the filesystem. Is there a chance to transfer the database by only ...
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SQL server 2005 SP4 differential backup is failing

We have an SQL server 2005 with SP4, x86. When we attempt to take the differential backup, we are getting the following error message. Cannot perform a differential backup for database "ABCD", ...
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The smallest backup possible … with SQL Server

Daily we ship our SQL Server backups across the WAN. We need to minimize the size of these backups so it does not take forever. We don't mind if our backup process takes a bit longer; as it stands ...
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How to back up a small database in SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition

I will shortly be migrating a database from SQL Server 2000 (part of SBS 2003) to SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition The database is small, and there are only a few hundred short transactions per day ...
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What is the best practice for backing up a database in Simple mode?

I am trying to create a SQL Job for backing up my database. I want to have: A weekly full backup A daily differential backup Something that will clean up backups that are older that 14 days I ...
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A Non-DBA Asks: How to Painlessly Copy/Move a SQL Server instance to another Server via Backup/Restore?

We've just got a new server so I need to copy the existing SQL Server 2008 instance over from the old db box. I normally do this by copying .mdf and log files over and attaching them but I'm not able ...
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Sql Anywhere 11: Restoring incremental backup failure

We want to create remote incremental backups after a full backup. This will allow us to restore in the event of a failure and bring up another machine with as close to real time backups as possible ...