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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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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PostgreSQL Complete Database Backup

I've been trying to figure out how I can completely backup my PostgreSQL database. I have not seen any resource that explains how to do a complete backup. I am aware of the pg_dump and pg_dumpall ...
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Two Different Sources Taking Transaction Log Backups

I have inherited a database server with SQL Server 2005. The databases have full recovery mode with hourly transaction log backups. There are two sources taking full backups overnight and hourly ...
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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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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 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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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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Only do log backup if necessary in SQL Server

We have transaction log backups taken every few minutes from many databases. Is there a way to determine if there were any committed transactions since the last backup and only then do a log backup? ...
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How to create a SQL Server 2008 backup without logs with mirroring

How do I create a backup of a SQL Server 2008 in a mirrored setup without any logs? We need to do this so that when we restore our local development databases, we would have the most up to date ...
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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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Restore a Database to a New database (T-SQL)

I have a database backup from a database, say SourceData which needs to be restored on another database, same schema, but different name (SourceData_1) using T-SQL. I don't know why I gets the ...
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Backup to three drives suddenly slow

The situation: I have a 1.3 TB Database (SQL 2005) that I am currently backing up to 2 network shares on separate machines and on one local USB. (Don't ask why - long story involving a DBA that quit ...
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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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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 can you save all user-defined functions to txt files on your local hard drive?

I am running SQL Server 2008 and need to back up the UDF scripts/queries that I have created. How can this be done in a timely manner? I tried right clicking on the folder icon where the UDF are saved ...
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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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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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Does the SQL Server backup process use a buffer cache?

When a full database backup command is executed: Does the backup process use only the memory that has been assigned to the SQL Server (instance)? Does the backup process "flush out" the page ...
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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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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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Can I Run Two Full Backups on SQL Server 2005 at the Same Time?

Running SQL Server Express 2005 here. We are creating several programs which run a backup on the database using Server Management Objects (SMO) mostly through C# (.NET). We have separate processes ...
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Database Backups of 2GB+

I have a forum which is growing way faster than I could imagine, and my site has been a target for DDoS attacks, NTP attacks, and a bunch of hacking attempts. I am starting to worry that there may be ...
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Is SQL Server's FILETABLE suitable for storing large files (bigger than 10 GB)?

There is a project for lab. The requirement to save the lab data (raw data and related infomation ) for research for years. So the data must be saved for years, but the data is so big, every raw ...
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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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SQL Recover from .bak file with NOINIT

This will, hopefully, be a nice and quick question for someone out there. It continues from my previous question. I have a .BAK file that I'm trying to restore. The .BAK was created with the NOINIT ...
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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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SQL Native backup MIRROR TO performance

We are moving to SQL Server 2014 Expensive Edition Q1 next year. Right now we are on SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition, so we don't have access to the oh-so-wonderful MIRROR TO option for our backups ...
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Avamar SQL Agent running against live SQL Server databases

We use a large company as our service provider. The tech people from that service company are pushing very hard to install something called the Avamar SQL Agent which purportedly will be used to ...
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Backup not creating a new file

I run a daily backup of my database through command prompt: c:\sqlcmd -H localhost -Q "BACKUP DATABASE test TO DISK='c:\test.bak'" But the new backup replaces the previous backup. Please tell me ...
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SQL Server database backup file is double final size until backup completes

I've just completed writing a backup statement for a reasonably large database (1.3 TB), and I've been testing it out using a much smaller database (10 GB + 10GB log file). The backup writes to three ...
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Incremental backups using MySQL Workbench

I need to start doing regular backups of my databases, and I'd like them to be incremental; that is, only backing up the tables that have been changed. I use MySQL Workbench, and I've used the export ...
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SQL availability groups log maintenance

I have a AG with 2 nodes in a site in sync mode and 1 offsite in async mode. I'm having trouble understanding how the logspace is maintained in this scenario. For instance, I'm taking log backups ...
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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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Are there performance benefits to turning off archivelogging? Is it wise?

The first part of the question is pretty simple; has anyone run a DB in both archivelog and noarchivelog mode? Were there any measurable performance benefits to turning off logging that you could ...
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On SQL Server Backup: Msg 3271, Level 16, State 1, Server Line 1 A nonrecoverable I/O error occurred on file

I am trying to back up a pretty big database and I keep getting this error: Msg 3271, Level 16, State 1, Server {Server Name}, Line 1 A nonrecoverable I/O error occurred on file "{Backup File ...
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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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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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Backup very large table

I have to update certain values of a large table (for the sake of a presumed example, it is called 'Resource' and it is over 5M rows) and thus I have to make a backup before performing the changes. We ...
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Appending backups while overwriting expired sets

I've been reading up on this, but the online documentation is a bit difficult to understand and seems awkwardly written. For example the INIT, NOINIT. One says it will try to overwrite everything. ...
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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 backup error

I'm trying to do a simple backup to an external disk and getting this error: Backup failed for Server 'Server-name' Additional information: System.Data.SqlClient.SqlError: The media loaded ...
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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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Thought about this SQL Server backup plan?

I just started a new job, and I'm reviewing the database maintenance plan. I've got quite a bit of experience writing SQL, but not much experience with DB administration. My last job was at a large ...
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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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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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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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SQL Server backup, attach to BAK file?

I have a SQL Server database with a full text index. When I created the app that uses it, I made a backup of the database and I ship the .BAK file with the app. As part of the app install it does a ...
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SQL Server backup fails on disk space error

SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM running on Windows 2008 64bit. Having problems backing up a single database with the following command backup database [somedatabase] to disk = ...
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Sql Server Backup to URL (Azure) ERROR

I'm trying to take advantage of the new backup to url function in SQL Server. I have created a valid cert and tried a simple backup, but I get the same error every time no matter what I try. I have ...
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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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Process attempted to unlock a resource it does not own

SQL Server 2005 SP4 32-Bit I have a DBCC CHECKDB job running nightly. Last night, soon after the job started, I got the errors below. The database is NOT in suspect mode, and CHECKDB comes back clean ...