Reloading a database from a backup, typically for disaster recovery, or to make a copy of a database onto another server.

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Is it possible to quickly create/restore database snapshots with PostgreSQL?

First of all, I'm a developer, not a DBA or sysadmin; please be gentle :) I'm working on an application workflow where a single user action will trigger complex changes in the database - creating ...
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Restore database excluding FILESTREAM data

Context We are developing a system with a large-ish database in the bottom. It is an MS SQL database running on SQL Server 2008 R2. The total size of the database is about 12 GB. Out of these, ...
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Is it possible to restore sql-server bak and shrink the log at the same time?

We have a bak file from a client that we have transferred to our developer offices for problem investigation. The backup is currently 25GB and the restored database is about the same size however it ...
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media family on device is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family

I am trying to restore a .BAK in SQL server but get the following error: Msg 3241, Level 16, State 7, Line 1 The media family on device 'c:\glyn\JA.bak' is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot ...
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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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Restore mysql database with different name

How can we restore mysql database with different name from mysqldump file. I dont't want to open dump file and edit it. Any other better methods?
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Best way to migrate a huge SQL Server database with low downtime over network

Problem definition Our database server needs to be transferred to an other datacenter. It runs on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise (64-bit) and contains two databases of about 2TB and 1TB. ...
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postgresql: how do I dump and restore roles for a cluster?

Where are roles stored in a cluster, and how do I dump them? I did a pg_dump of a db and then loaded it into a different cluster, but I get a lot of these errors: psql:mydump.sql:3621: ERROR: role ...
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Migrate from SQL Server 2000 to 2012 without a 2005 or 2008 instance

I have come across three old databases sitting on SQL Server 2000 which I need to move to 2012. I believe the standard approach is to restore into a 2005 or 2008 instance, update, re-export and ...
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Restoring a backup to an older version of SQL Server

When trying to restore a backup to a SQL Server Express 2008 database I got the following error: Restore failed for Server '...\SQLEXPRESS'. (Microsoft.SqlServer.SmoExtended) ...
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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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How to query last restore date in SQL Server?

Is there a TSQL query that shows the last restore datetime for a certain database?
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disable constraints before using pg_restore.exe

When I try to execute pg_restore.exe of a dump file from a database, it throws dozens of errors, all the same: ERROR: insert or update on table "someTable" violates foreign key constraint ...
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Restoring differential backup creates DEFUNCT log file?

Here is my problem. I'm trying to move a database to a new server via a full restore, then cutover with a quick differential backup/restore. I can do a full restore without a problem, but when ...
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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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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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How can I verify that a full database restore reflects the exact source database in SQL Server?

We are decommissioning our old SQL Server 2000 Ent. instance in favor of SQL Server 2008 R2 Ent. My planned migration path is: Terminate client connections (2000) Full Backup (2000) Restore (2008 ...
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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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Timeout expired error while using copy database wizard

Microsoft made me believe that SQL Server 2012 Copy Database Wizard is the most optimal way of copying a SQL Server 2000 database to SQL Server 2012. After struggling a few hours, I was able to get ...
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Oracle 10g: Is it possible to designate a undo point?

I was wondering if it is possible to designate a point in time, then later "roll-it-back" to that state (undo DDL and DML changes). Maybe using a record of changes and then executing the reverse? Does ...
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Unable to restore (error 3456)

I have a situation that is not easy to figure out, and thought I'd ask on this forum if others might have suggestions. I'm running SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard SP3 on Windows Server 2008R2 Enterprise. ...
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Error 3154 while restoring a backup using WITH REPLACE

I have SQL 2012 with SP1 installed on my computer. I made a backup of a database test.bak. I have a database with the name test2 which is the same database, but the data changed. I want to restore ...
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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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Which SQL Server product does version 622 represent?

I've manually attached the data and log files I received from a client to a SQL Server 2005 Express SP3 database. During the upgrade to SP4, I get the following error: The database 'MyDatabase' ...
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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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Automation of backups of Large Number of Database

In a multi-tenant web application where a database is set up for each tenant, the database can be backed up and restored manually through a fairly conventional approach. I am considering this type of ...
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Restoring a database is not working

I have a database called FDB. I have created this database on my PC with SQL Server Express Edition and added one table. I made a backup of this database. The SQL Server version on the server is 2005. ...
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In Oracle, can we restore a database onto the same instance with a different name?

In SQL server I can restore a database onto the same instance with a different name. Eg: If there is a database DB_prod, I can take a full backup and restore it on the same instance with a different ...
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How large will a MySQL database be relative to the dump file?

I'm restoring a ~52GB dump to a MySQL database. The ibdata1 file has already exceeded the size of the dump file and the restore is still incomplete. Is there any way to estimate the final size of the ...
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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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Cannot connect to DB2 database after restoring an offline backup

This is for DB2 9.7 Enterprise Server Edition on AIX. I had a full, offline backup taken of several databases within our instance in a performance environment. I wanted to restore these databases to ...
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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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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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Can We Perform an “Up-To-The-Minute Restore” After Taking Transaction Log Backups?

The Setup: Say we have a Database in Full Recovery Mode that does a nightly Database Backup, Transaction Log Backup, and Transaction Log Shrink. Now the Transaction Log grows so quickly during the ...
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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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In the SQL Server RESTORE statement, in what time zone is the STOPAT argument?

SQL Server can perform point-in-time restores using the STOPAT argument. In what time zone is that date and time value? Is it UTC? Is it local for the server the backup was taken? Is it local for ...
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What is the easiest way to use a SQL Server backup to retrieve just a few rows?

I need to manually retrieve a few rows from a SQL Server 2008 database backup. Normally I create a new database, restore the database backup to the new database, and run my queries. The database is ...
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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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SQL Server DB restore fails

I am trying to do a SQL Server database restore using this T-SQL code: ----Make Database to single user Mode ALTER DATABASE xyz SET SINGLE_USER WITH ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE ----Restore Database RESTORE ...
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Partial db dump/restore

A part of my database (PostgreSQL 9.3) relies on extra tables (ex. County, City, Town, ... ). I don't manage these tables, they are updated regularly by a third party. Each time I get a new full dump, ...
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Repairing corrupt SQL Server database backup?

I'm looking at a problem for someone who was backing up to a cloud-based service. Apparently the customer's server crashed while it was performing some maintenance on the cloud-based service's ...
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How to wait for PostgreSQL to be startable / restorable?

I'm testing a PostgreSQL 8.2.1 to 9.2 upgrade on a virtual machine running a custom Linux distro. The upgrade procedure is as follows: Start the pg service Vacuum all DBs (not sure if this is ...
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Getting recovered db files to work on rebuilt server

I've had to rebuild my server and have tried to copy the database files from the old drive to /var/lib/mysql/. I have restarted apache and run 'show databases', this list all the databases. I have ...
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Why is my database stuck in the Restoring state?

I have some unit tests that manipulates data in a database. In order to guarantee that the database state is always the same throughout all the tests, we're trying restore a database snapshot at the ...
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Restoring SQL DB from down SQL Server (on domain) to existing SQL server (not on domain)

If and when my SQL server goes down and takes too long to get back up, can I restore my DB on another SQL server and run my software from there (I can point which SQL server to run from)? Will all ...
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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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What is a good way to verify that a restore completed successfully in SQL Server?

Right now, we test our SQL backups once a month by pulling the most recent backup file and restoring it onto a test database. If SQL Server says the restore is successful, we spot-check a few tables ...
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Instant File Initialization on Shared drive

I asked something similar to this before, but previously I had asked about moving backups to a shared location. This time I am curious, if I want to restore a DB on a shared drive, do I need to enable ...
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Database stuck in restoring and snapshot unavailable [closed]

I tried to restore my database from a snapshot. This usually took around a minute to complete the last couple of times. When I did it today, it didn't complete for around 30 minutes and the spid was ...