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 my postmaster process (sometimes) becoming unmanageable after a WAL base restore?

TL;DR: Un-stoppable, unusable postmaster is being spawned when Postgres is started right after restoring its data directory from a WAL base backup. Why? Context: We run postgresql 8.4, on CentOS 6, ...
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PostgreSQL PITR restore

I have a PostgreSQL 9.1 server running on a CentOS 5.8 32bit OS and I have enabled WAL archiving. On this server, there are three databases: databaseA, databaseB and databaseC. Someone deletes a ...
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Can I restore a SQL Server .bak files without SQL Server?

I have some large .bak files from a SQL Server 2005 dump. Can I restore these without using SQL Server, either to PostgreSQL, MySQL, or to flat text files? An open source solution would be most ...
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Incremental level 1 backup with no Incremental level 0?

I have done the following steps: Backed up database with INCREMENTAL LEVEL 0 Delete INCREMENTAL LEVEL 0 backup without telling controlfile. So deleted it by hand. And did not make crosscheck. Backed ...
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Would it be possible/wise to execute 2 parallel restores from a single backup?

Every night I create a backup (to disk) of a particular database. Subsequently that backup has to be restored to 2 different servers. These restores now happen sequentially and take about half an hour ...
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What's the fastest way to replicate a MySQL database from one machine to another?

What's the fastest way to replicate a MySQL database from one machine to another? The two machines are connected via LAN. How to do it without mysqldump? If using mysqldump, is the fastest way $ ...
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How to log error details when using using try/catch for dynamic SQL backup commands

When issuing a backup command within a stored procedure that uses a try catch and dynamic sql, the error messages are very general when compared to running the backup command directly. Try/Catch ...
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Extract mdf & ldf files from backup file?

Is there a way to extract SQL Server files (.mdf & .ldf) from a backup file (.bak) to a physical location, without restore database? I need a restore query or script to restore files from bak ...
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Backup and trimming data idea

Our main table, tblLink, will have its primary key as foreign in a few other tables too and one of the tables will be tblMainData which over time will be millions of rows. We would like to maintain ...
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Script to Restore/Create SQL Server 2000 Database from Another Database's Backup

I'm trying to create a database, NewClientDB, by restoring another database's, OldClientDB, backup, d:...oldclientdb.bak. I've always done this via SQL 2000 Enterprise Manager, but the GUI keeps ...
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SQL database backups methods-tools-procedures

Currently, I am investigating some way to more efficiently backup 4 Production SQL Databases (3 different servers/instances) and would like to know if anyone else has had the problems we are having ...
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Change Location of VALIDATE RECOVERY FILES work area

Is there a way to tell the VALIDATE RECOVERY FILES command to use a different location with more available disk space? When I run the command in RMAN, it fails with the following error stack: ...
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Does MySQL Enterprise Backup work across Operating Systems?

The problem with testing is that one can never be sure (it may seem to work and then you find some thing changed later). A definitive statement from the vendor would definitely be helpful (I cannot ...
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Incremental backups - differences

What is the differene between: BACKUP INCREMENTAL LEVEL 0 DATABASE; and BACKUP INCREMENTAL LEVEL 1 CUMULATIVE DATABASE; ? I read some manuals, but I don't get the idea beacuse of my poor ...
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How to write a shell script to check the mysql database backup status.

I have mysql production databases running in main server(Linux) and from this server every night the backup is taken into local server. Now i want to find a shell script to check if all the databases ...
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Is it imperative that I backup my index files?

I have a few different instances (SQL 2000, 2005) with indexes placed in a separate filegroup. Do i need to ensure that this group is backed up, or will it be rebuilt by a restore of of the database?
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Creating a test database from Production database (different machines & servers)

I'd like to set up a test database on a separate server. Production database is MS SQL Server and the test server is a *nix box so I'd like to have the test server running either PostgreSQL or MySQL. ...
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Transactional versus Merge Replication (Restore backup after downtime)

I have the following transactional replication setup: Windows Server 2008 with SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Server A: Master, has a database with a table, publisher Server B: Slave, subscriber ...
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What happens if we copy neo4j's data folder while the server is running?

If my neo4j server is running and I copy the data folder using copy/rsync folder, what are the chances of data corruption?
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MySQL Server Backup

I was wondering if there was any way of making a backup of an entire MySQL Server at regular intervals to a specific location. (If the version is required I can get it easily). If there is, I must ...
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Full and differential restore with two backup files - SQL Server 2008

We are trying to establish a maintenance plan with 2 separate backups. One full backup over the weekend and differential backups through the week. [the differential backup has a "_diff" appended to ...
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Backing up an Oracle 10G Express on Windows 2000 Server

Oracle 10G Express installed on Windows 2000 Server Enterprise Edition. I am trying to automate backups and on Oracle's website I have found the following documentation. ...
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What methods are available to create a snapshot of an oracle database for testing purposes?

I am new to databases and have just been assigned to work with Oracle. We want to create a snapshot of the database for testing purposes that will allow us to revert back once we're done. I'm a bit ...
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Performing data update operations while backing up a large SQL Server database

I have a large (in the tens of millions of records) database that I am going to perform a full database backup on. However, the database is large enough that transactions can start before and during, ...
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How to Create Snapshot Backups in MySQL

I've seen a lot of people talking about snapshots backup, even I'm reading a book about mysql but nobody explain the code how to make a snapshots backup. This is what the book says: flush tables ...
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Oracle 11, incremental backup goes wrong

Got a pretty big instance on a one-week backup cycle with an incremental (differential) strategy .. or rather, that's what it was supposed to be. Somehow the daily differentials seem to come out as ...
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Saving SQL Server backup file in multiple parts

I am taking daily backups of a SQL Server database. Right now the .bak file is about 2GB and it is growing day by day. There is a scheduled job is running which moves this .bak file from one location ...
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Problem with View When Restoring a MySQL Backup

I have a database (InnoDB) with some tables, views and routines... Periodically I do a backup using the command line: mysqldump -u user -ppassword --routines db_name > backup.sql But I have a ...
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Do I really need to keep .LDF files?

Each month we make an end of month snapshot of our production databse. These month end snapshots are strictly for reporting purposes, there are no inserts, updates or deletes ever done on them. Each ...
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SQL Backups - Full vs Differential vs Log Shipping

I'm looking to refine our SQL backups utilizing Full, Differential, and Log Shipping. Currently, I am only performing full backups once at night. This process is taking so long that it is running ...
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Thoughts about Oracle backup procedure for 11.2 (beginner question)

Two days ago we "found out" that our old, not taken care of, horribly neglected, Oracle DB server was extremely important to our business. The only person who knew anything about this server was ...
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Backup database and clean old backup question

Right now we have a maintenance plan which looks like this: backup all databases clean old backups (> 24 hours) This job runs every day. Every now and then this script crashes during backup step ...
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Difference between backup methods: Oracle and MySQL

I was reading that Oracle databases have cold, warm, full and redo backups. Questions How is it possible that MySQL doesn't have as many options? I have read that MySQL has cold backups (it puts ...
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Oracle Databases - need to export nightly for backup/DR purposes

I know nothing about Oracle databases, so if my question's path seems odd, feel free to tell me the right way to do things. I have 2 ways I see currently that I can backup a server running 3 Oracle ...
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In trying to setup back up device, net use command throws operating system error 53 when passing in a unc

So I'm trying to use XP_CMDSHELL to set up my drive for using a backup. I already have the drive mapped, but per ...
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RSync Database File Deltas in SQL Server 2008

Alright, I feel like this is a terrible idea, but I need some help understanding why this is bad: I'm still working on implementing a disaster recovery/business continuity solution for our ...
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Availability Strategies in MS SQL Server 2008

I need some assistance in developing a backup strategy for my SQL Server deployments. Currently I have two classes of customer: Hosted customers, whose data is housed in our datacenter, and On ...
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Initial recovery Postgres with backup in sync commit mode

I've got a master and a slave postgres 9.1.3 database. I would like to init the backup database for the first time. I did the following steps: Stopped master Copied all files to Slave Create ...
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PostgreSQL synchronized commit performance

I'm setting up a pair of PostgreSQL servers. Because cash is short I can only afford one high class server and some crapy backup box. If the expensive high end box should catch fire, operations can ...
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Copy a SQL Server 2000 database to another box without interrupting the backup chain

I have a small-but-important MS SQL Server 2000 database that I'd like to copy to a development box. I understand that the usual way to do this is to make a copy of a full backup file, and restore ...
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Is this an appropriate development environment MySQL backup strategy?

I'm a web developer and I use primarily my own laptop at work. We use an SVN repository for our project codebases, and deploy our changes to an internal development server for testing. Our system ...
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SQL Server asks for 100GB for a dump with 1GB

Is it acceptable that SQL Server asks for 100GB free disk space to restore a 1GB dump file? If no, what should be parameterized?
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Notification mail not sent on failure

Currently we are having problems with our backups, specifically disk space issues. On investigation it seems the notification mail isn't being sent when the job fails. This is a weird issue as a ...
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Move (Restore) SQL Server 2005 database which does not exist before

I did not ready about this but found out after trying to restore a database from remote server and it wont restore if the database did not exist before. What I would do is create a .bak file ...
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Opening a .backup file for PostgreSQL

I'm going to warn you that whoever explains this needs to talk to me like I'm five years old, because this is something way, way beyond my level of expertise. In short, I have what I think is a ...
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How to automatically stagger transaction log shipping to minimize bandwidth usage peaks?

The following question pertains to Microsoft SQL Server transactional log shipping (TLS). We're using SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1, although the question is probably relevant for all recent editions. ...
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PostgreSQL Scheduled Database Backup

For scheduling a daily back up on a postgres database we execute the following command: 0 2 * * * /usr/local/pgsql/bin/pg_dump -Fp -b -U database_name \ > ...
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Can I move a system database from one version of SQL server to another?

We are moving our databases from one computer running SQL Server 2005 to a different machine running SQL Server 2008. I am following the steps found here, in an attempt to copy over the master ...
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When you back up a database and scripts are running at the same time, at what point in time does the backup reflect?

If I run a SQL Server database backup via Management Studio and there are scripts running at the same time, does the backup reflect the point in time when the backup was started or when it ended? My ...
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How to backup a MySQL database without slowing the application?

I'm an application developer and wondering about our database backup strategy. Right now our sysadmins backup our database every 8 hours. I don't really know how the do it, but while the backup is ...