I am wondering if the SQL jobs like automating the database backup runs even the machine/server is offline?

  • Could you share why you're wondering that? Are you troubleshooting some problem with your backup jobs?
    – Ronaldo
    Commented May 4, 2021 at 11:30
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    What exactly does "offline" mean? Disconnected from the internet? Disconnected from your LAN? Powered off?
    – SMor
    Commented May 4, 2021 at 14:34

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No but you can create a script or a cron job that can take a copy of the files:

  • Database_Name.mdf
  • Database_Name.ldf

Such files are stored under C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL15.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA and are the actual database.

So if you take a copy of those two files and zip them together we can say that you took a backup of the database.

Try to bring those two files on another machine and attach them to test if ti works ;)


No SQL Jobs cannot run without the SQL Server & the SQL Agent Service running

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