I've been using the copy database wizard to create a development copy of my database.

Unfortunately, the copy database wizard has repeatedly failed. I suspect the problem is that the sql server agent service account does not have the necessary permissions. I can't verify this because the log file isn't actually being saved. I've tried having it save to the default directory where I know the account running the copy database operations must have permissions and to another location on the server.

Any thoughts about how I can resolve this problem? The new database is showing up but without any tables...


Please use backup / restore. The copy database wizard is a disappointing sack of, well, let's leave it at that.

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    Would it be wise to point out that the OP may want to create a COPY_ONLY backup so as not to disrupt the backup sequence? It sounds like it's going to be a backup from production. +1, I agree with your answer by the way. – Thomas Stringer Jun 18 '12 at 18:39
  • @Shark yes, I wasn't getting into the details, just suggesting a better overall approach. A recent enough full backup may (and probably should) already exist, so it may not be necessary to take a new, COPY_ONLY backup. Scope creep. – Aaron Bertrand Jun 18 '12 at 18:48
  • Good point!! Well said. – Thomas Stringer Jun 18 '12 at 18:50
  • @AaronBertrand Can someone please give some good reasons not to use the Copy Wizard? Everywhere I look I see anecdotal advice to avoid it but never details as to why! If I'm moving medium sized non critical databases outside of normal hours, whats the problem? – userSteve Apr 4 '17 at 12:34

As I encountered this problem I suspect it is likely due to an incorrect user id and/or password in the credentials.

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