I have Microsoft SQL Server 2014 on an Azure VM (Windows Server 2012 R2) with one database. Is it possible to configure an automatic backup to my Google Drive folder? Maybe a special tool or somethings else?

  • What's an automatic backup? Is it a backup created automatically by job/script at scheduled times or one that's done manually and uploaded automatically onto the Google drive? For achieving all of these you'll need some manual scripting. – Marian Apr 19 '16 at 9:27
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    I'm using SQLBackupAndFTP. This tool creates backups according to my schedule and sends them to my Google Drive. You can find more info here: sqlbackupandftp.com/blog/… – user89558 Aug 31 '16 at 8:55
  1. Download the Google Drive desktop application.
  2. When backing up SQL Server, set the destination to the "My Drive" folder created by Google Drive (something like C:\Users\<user>\Google Drive by default)
  3. Once a backup is placed in that folder, it will automatically start to sync to Google Drive.

Also worth nothing, as per Shawn Melton's comment:

You can adjust the folder location for the drive application, so it does not have to reside in a user folder. Any Administrator can actually remove a user profile and you just lost all your backups (locally at least).

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  • But this solution has a huge flaw: you will not get informed if the upload is unsuccessful. Wouldn't it be better to have a batch script with a command line tool, like gdrive ? – Twinkles Apr 20 '16 at 11:29
  • @Twinkles There certainly could be a more complex and efficient approach to this - but based on the fact that GDrive is being used for backups, I chose to keep the scope small on the assumption that a complicated solution is not what the question/user required. – LowlyDBA Apr 20 '16 at 14:49
  • I get that. However, if a solution can lead to backups failing silently, the user better be aware of the risk. – Twinkles Apr 20 '16 at 17:15

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