I need to back up SQL database (historian), on a timely fashion, and then clean up the database by removing the backed up data.
I am using MS SQL 2008 (R2), on a Windows XP machine. The biggest issue is the very limited hard disk space. The database is limited to a maximum of 3GB! In terms of overall performance, the PC is really slow, and unfortunately I do not have the choice to change that. So, I could consider backing up overnight when the data flow is expected to be less.
The intention is to back up the data every two weeks, have it stored in a special directory (e.g. c:\ ). Then an operator can move the backup to another machine. Given the limited space, I could consider some 'house clean up', by removing the backed up data. What is more important is the ability to merge the regular backups to an external database. So perhaps a typical SQL backup routine and restore, could be an option.
I would appreciate your kind advice regarding this matter. Thank you.