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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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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Backing up & restoring 10-20 SQL Server dbs to a ~synchronous state?

I need to backup up 10-20 SQL Server 2008 R2 dbs with sizes 10-50 GB, while they are online and used simultaneously by a single enterprise app. I also need to restore them to a state that is largely ...
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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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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 can I recover data from the LDF file?

We are using SQL 2005 Express Edition. We want to read the data from the LDF file in order to restore some deleted records. We tried using a trial version of ApexSQL which helped us a lot. Instead of ...
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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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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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Understanding Backup Types

I have recently started a role as a junior DBA... Yesterday I created a new database for a co-worker and my boss asked me to make sure we get a backup plan on it asap. I didn't think much about it, ...
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Error in SSMS when attempting to restore a database

We have over a dozen SQL servers, one of which hosts a couple of hundred sage databases, when i right-click on the Databases node in SSMS there is a long delay then i get the following error (and the ...
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Shrinking a SQL Server Transaction Log

I’m currently having to deal with a SQL Server transaction log that has got out of control. Disclaimer: I’m not a dba and this isn’t my area of expertise so please bear with me. Currently I have a ...
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SQL Server considerations when backing up / restoring a database that uses replication

In the event that I need to restore a database involved in replication, what considerations to I need to keep in mind? Do I need to keep backups of both the publisher and the subscriber? Can I ...
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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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Can SQL Server be configured to backup to a network share through a separate NIC?

We're in the process having our SQL Server instances backup to a network share, but our network admins want to try and divert the bandwidth from the backups through a different network segment. I was ...
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SQL Server distribution database log file grows uncontrollably after full database backup

We have a merge replication environment that is pushing to 8 subscribers. This is working fine. Our distribution database is setup in Simple recovery mode. We have a maintenance plan that will backup ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Any option for mysqldump to ignore databases for backup?

We have 40 databases in our server. We want to take 36 databases backup using mysqldump. How can i ignore remaining 4 databases in mysqldump command? Is there any option for mysqldump to ignore ...
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Full or bulk-logged recovery model?

My database is about 10 GB and I use full recovery model. Sometimes I have to add a lot of data at once and during that time, I change the recovery model from full to bulk-logged. What do you ...
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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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Query that displays backup information (successful and failed) SQL Server

I have two jobs that backs up two different databases. Job 1 backs up DB1 Job 2 backs up DB2 DB1 fails to back up due to low space on Drive 1 resulting to a Job 1 failure. To fix that issue, I just ...
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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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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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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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Why do we use FILE = 1 in scripts for restoring a database

Recently when I came across the script for restoring a database, I got a doubt on why we have to use "FILE = 1"? Can't we restore a database without that statement!? Basically, what it is used for?
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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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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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Does .bak file also contain backup of ldf file?

I am running MS SQL Server, which is holding mdf and ldf files of sizes 110 GB and 245 GB respectively. My question is, if I take .bak backup of said database, will it result in 355 GB (110+245) ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Run Transaction Log backups only during Work hours?

Currently we have a number of databases that are in full recovery model. This is a conscious decision. We also run the transaction log backups every 15 minutes. But we run the transaction log ...
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Does mysqldump -all-databases include all objects

Does mysqldump -all-databases include all objects ? I have to migrate all databases to new server.
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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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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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“Database is in transition” Error

Today I was trying to restore a database over an already existing database, I simply right clicked the database in SSMS --> Tasks --> Take Offline so I could restore the database. A small pop up ...