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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How can I backup a large SQL Server database without impacting performance?

We've had reports of queries running slowly or timing out early in the morning, and the only job I see running that I think could affect this is our database backup job. The database itself is about ...
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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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What's a good SQL Server backup schedule?

There seems to be a plethora of information regarding the process of setting up backup tasks, but not much information about the big-picture view of database backups. At least, it's hard to formulate ...
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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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How to backup large MongoDB database

What is the recommended way to back up large data sets in MongoDB? Let's say we have a data size in the order of 10TB - how would you back that up? We're considering a hidden, possibly delayed, ...
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How to do incremental backup every hour in Postgres?

Trying to do an hourly incremental backup of a single Postgres server (Win7 64). I have the following setup in postgresql.conf: max_wal_senders = 2 wal_level = archive archive_mode = on ...
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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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How many backup devices is recommended to improve backup performance?

In order to improve performance of our SQL Server backups we backup to multiple backup files. On most blog posts about this topic they say to use multiple backup files but, is there a point where ...
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What is the use of restore headeronly when performing a backup?

When I monitor my backups with the following query: SELECT command, percent_complete, 'elapsed' = total_elapsed_time / 60000.0, 'remaining' = estimated_completion_time / ...
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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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Running pg_dump on a hot standby server?

Disclaimer: I admittedly haven't tried this yet, but I'm not sure I would know if it wasn't working correctly, so I wanted to ask. I would like to run a nightly backup job (via pg_dumpall) from a hot ...
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Taking backup of all the databases in SQL Server

I have a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 DB server. In the DB server, I have around 250 user databases. I have to take a back up of all these databases. Since, manually taking backup consumes lot of time, I ...
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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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how to create backup for stored procedure,trigger and functions of a database in sql server 2008?

I'm having 2 databases in 2 different servers(.246 and .252). I need to create backup for all stored procedures, triggers and function from 252 server and restore it in 246 server.database name in ...
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How can I dynamically back up all SSAS databases on a given instance?

I want to dynamically back up all the databases on a given SSAS instance using a SQL Agent job (which would most likely involve executing an SSIS package). It is imperative that this is a dynamic ...
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When does creating a .sql backup with mysqldump become too large?

Is there a limit to how large a database can be when executing a .sql backup using mysqldump, or will you run into server problems before that - will the server not be able to take such a large backup ...
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Restore Database script

I have a live database which i would like to create a backup and restore script that will take the "live" database every night, create a back, then drop the existing "testing" database (if any) and ...
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mysqlbinlog failing with “ ERROR 1032 (HY000) at line 48: Can't find record in `` ” Error

I am facing some issue with PITR restore using mysqlbinlog . It is failing with the following error . # mysqlbinlog mysql-bin.000035 | mysql -u root -p db Enter password: ERROR 1032 (HY000) at ...
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SQL Server Transaction Backups vs Logs

I've inherited a moderately-sized business-critical SQL Server 2008 database and am trying to wrap my head around backup planning. (I'm a developer, not a DBA.) The way our system is set up right now ...
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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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recover a single mysql database on a busy master-slave replicated system

Looking for a strategy or tool to deal with recovering a single database to a point-in-time in a busy replicated system. I have 12 databases running on 2 MySQL 5.0.77 servers in master-slave ...
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How to increase fast backup and restore of 500GB database using mysqldump?

There is a database A size of 500GB. Tables in database A contains both MyISAM and INNODB tables. MyISAM tables are master tables and Innodb tables are main transaction tables. Backup and restore ...
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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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How can I fix “Cannot perform a differential backup … a current database backup doesn't exist”?

We recently switched to the FULL recovery model, with full backups being done every weekend, and differentials being taken every day. The problem is, the differential backups don't always seem to ...
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SQL Server Backup Process Tuning

I am working for a small company that has 20 full time web sites. And another 20-30 micro sites. We are having issues with the sites freezing every day after the SQL Server Agent backup is running. ...
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Which are the minimum privileges required to get a backup of a MySQL database schema?

Which are the minimum privileges required to get a backup of a MySQL database schema? I am interested only on the schema, not on the data. Are SELECT privileges required?
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Is Percona xtrabackup the right choice for my 500GB MySQL backup?

I have a MySQL db with 500GB, consisting mainly of Innodb tables, and one big (200GB) MyISAM table. My current backup strategy is copying the db files to an external harddrive. This causes a downtime ...
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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?
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I/O is frozen on Database & also I/O was resumed on Database on daily basis in log with complete Backup

I would like to say that as on daily basis i got the message in my log file. First The I/O is frozen on Database (DatabaseName) message appears in log. The message is like I/O is frozen on ...
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pg_dump does not honor -n

I'm using pg_dump (9.2 database), to extract one schema and load this into another database (9.4). well, here's the command: pg_dump -f file.sql -F plain --inserts -n schema database Ok. My ...
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Backup Access Database Daily/Weekly

We have a Microsoft Access database split into backend/frontend. What I am looking for is to be able to automatically backup these files on a daily or weekly basis - what is the best way to go about ...
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How to prevent SQL Log from being too full

I have a database that generate a huge amount of transaction per seconds, something like 50-100 transactions/second. Because of this, the log files grows very quickly. The thing is though, that even ...
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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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SQL Server Database Migration - Backup/Restore while Original DB still in Production

I have a very large DB in full recovery mode. My SQL Server is 2008 R2. The thing is that I need to migrate to a new server while having the original DB still in production. Both backup and restore ...
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How is my database being backed up?

I'm using SQL Server 2008 R2. Someone else set everything up. I encountered an error today: Autogrow of file 'ASPState_log' in database 'ASPState' was cancelled by user or timed out after 1748 ...
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Backup on an empty SSAS database hangs

I created an SSIS package to iterate through all databases on an SSAS instance. It grabs the DatabaseId using AMO in a vbscript, then generates the XMLA to backup each database. Most databases ...
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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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How to Backup and Restore Filestream Data

I am trying to backup and restore my database which includes a filestream filegroup. I backed up the database without the filestream filegroup and was interested to know what happens when you restore ...
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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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xtrabackup prepare - after dump or before restore?

i have doubts about xtrabackup --apply-log. is there any difference when use it? should it be done right after dump or before restore (even few months later)? seems stupid, but maybe i missing ...
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MySQL Point in Time Recovery For Just a Single Schema?

Is it possible to simply restore a single schema and bring it to a point in time (Say three hours ago) without bringing the entire database back? I can think of a lengthy method of backing up each ...
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Write lock during mysqldump even using --lock-tables=false

When I try to dump an online database using --lock-tables=false, others cannot update the table. Are there any methods to solve this? As I am using MyISAM, does --single-transaction for InnoDB help? ...
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Is it possible to restore database only with .trn files?

How do I restore database only with .trn (transaction log backup) file? I did below two steps Microsoft SQL Server Management studio shows "Restoring". 1) RESTORE DATABASE [database_name] FROM ...
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What is the use of “Backup set will Expire:” option while creating Backup Database task in Maintenance plan

While backing up the database, I would like to use "Backup set will Expire:" option to delete/overwrite old database backups. I am not able to use this option. Any advice on how to use "Backup set ...
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Transaction Log maintenance when switching to Simple Recovery

Background: I recently inherited 50+ SQL Servers with 450+ databases. The nightly backups are roughly 8TB and, needless to say, we're using more disk space than we'd like. All of the databases are ...
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How do I shrink the physical Transaction Log file when it's the principal in a mirror?

We setup database mirroring over the weekend, and forgot to re-enable the job that backs up the transaction logs. When I came in this morning, the transaction log had ballooned to 58GB, and was taking ...
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Backup a database with a huge number of tables

Is there a way to backup a PostgreSQL database with a huge number of tables? An attempt with pg_dump for a database of about 28000 tables resulted in the following error message: pg_dump: WARNING: ...
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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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SQL Server 2012 always-on backup, full vs copy-only

I need a quick clarification on copy-only backup vs full backup as it pertains to transaction log numbering and restore if required. I have SQL Server 2012 setup with always on for multiple ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 Restore COPY_ONLY full backup with transaction logs

After doing some research I cannot seem to find an answer to this question. Background I am attempting to setup a backup plan that fits the following three requirements: Reliability of backups, ...