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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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 ...
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User Permissions Messed Up following a Backup -> Restore Operation

I had to move several SQL Server 2008 databases to our new db server so I backed them all up (to .bak files), copied these files over to the new box and restored them (all done using SQL Management ...
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ms sql differential backup size jumps

We are doing a full backup once a week and a daily diff between that. The total db is 80Gb, the diffs start out under 1Gb, then gradually grow to approximately 3-5Gb which is ok, but then all of a ...
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SQL server 2005 backup statistic

I'd like to share with you this simple snippet (answering my own question) and I'm also curious how do you control your SQL server backups.
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Why do we need to backup Oracle archive logs along with datafiles

Oracle® Database Backup and Recovery Basics 10g Release 2 (10.2) says that Archived redo logs are the key to successful media recovery. Back them up regularly. But, I wonder, why backups of ...
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automating a database backup, restore and stored proc call

How do I create a process that will: backup Database A restore it as Database X (needs to be definable) then run a stored procedure against Database X. shrink and truncate its log file. Anybody ...
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How to restore multiple backups

I'm using ExpressMaint and Windows Scheduled Tasks to create weekly full and daily differential backups of some MS SQL Server 2008 R2 Express databases Weekly fulls expressmaint -S ...
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How to detect any changes to a database (DDL and DML)

There are a lot of databases on my client's sql server. In common, these databases is under development, so developers can design, refactor, do data modifications and so on. There are some databases ...
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Expired archived logs not deleted from RMAN catalogue

If I issue a LIST EXPIRED command in RMAN, I see a list of files with expired status, that is, they exist in the catalogue, but not on the disk (verified by ls). After issuing CROSSCHECK and DELETE ...
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Pros and Cons of SQL Server back up strategies and their appropriate usage scenarios

From what I can tell, there are three possible ways of backing up your SQL Server database Full backup Differential backup Log Shipping What are the pros and cons of each strategy and in what ...
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Task scheduler for SQL Server Express

I have an ASP.NET MVC app which works with database under SQL Server 2008 R2 Express edition. There is a need to perform a regular task on updating some records in the database. Unfortunately the ...
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Can I activate PITR after the DB has been used

My Postgres-Server is running for quite a while and contains probably 4-5 GB of data. Backups are done using dumps, and this works ok. Though not most efficient, it just works. Due to future growth ...
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Database backups in Oracle - Export the database or use other tools?

One of the "practices" that I've seen about being performed by DBA's in my organization is to treat a full database export using tools like exp / expdp as backup. Would this be a good practice ? What ...
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attach/detach v.s. backup/restore

I am using SQL Server 2008 Enterprise. I need to transfer the database (as a whole) to another server (to make a duplicate database to setup another test environment). I have two choices, (1) making ...
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What is not persisted in a database backup / restore? (SQL Server 2005)

If I take a backup of a database on a SQL 2005 Server, and then restore that backup to a different (new) database on the same database server instance, what things will not be persisted (things like ...
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Can I restore a database to a point of time without backup?

I have an SQL 2005 database with logging set to FULL but without any backups. Is it possible to restore it to a point of time?