Is it possible to restore a database on a server, using a script on another server?

For example, I have a server A and a server B and I want to restore a database foo on server B from within a script on server A.
I was thinking of something like this: RESTORE DATABASE B.foo FROM DISK ..., but I can't find any information about it.

And I'm looking for something similar for BACKUP DATABASE too.

2 Answers 2


No. Most commands are specific to the local server.

Saying that, if you have a linked server, you can do something like this:


Edit, after comments

You could also run EXEC MyLinkedServer.SomeDB.SomeSchema.MyRestoreWrapper ...

  • While reading documentation on OPENQUERY, I found that you can also execute a stored procedure on a linked server. So if I were to put my restore script in a stored procedure, this should have the same result?
    – Stijn
    Jun 1, 2012 at 8:52
  • If the stored procedure was remote, yes
    – gbn
    Jun 1, 2012 at 9:02

Another option:

EXEC linkedserver.master.dbo.sp_executesql N'RESTORE DATABASE ...';
  • Is there a way to use this, using "WITH MOVE..."? Because, let's say I'm on SQL1 ( E:\ for data files ), but I want to restore the database into SQL2 ( F:\ data files ). if I use MOVE 'Z' TO F:, it says that the server does not havethis Drive. It will work "...`sp_executesql N'RESTORE DATABASE ...MOVE xyz TO F:`" ?
    – Racer SQL
    Jun 9, 2015 at 17:39
  • 1
    Yes, you should be able to use WITH MOVE, but you need to add the argument for all files. I can't fix the code you have because, well, I can't see the code you have, nor do I know the drive layout of the destination server or the file specs for the database you're trying to restore. Jun 9, 2015 at 18:37
  • You need to say with move 'filename' to 'F:\path\file.mdf' - you can't just say to F:\ Jun 9, 2015 at 18:39
  • Oh yes... I have the full Patch, it was just an example. I tested here and it worked very well. Thanks @aaron Bertnand
    – Racer SQL
    Jun 9, 2015 at 20:33

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