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RESTORE VERIFYONLY locks file in Azure Blob Storage

I'm using SQL Server 2012 SP2 to backup my transaction logs directly into Azure Blob Storage using the BACKUP TO URL statement. I am then attemtpting to verify my transaction log as follows: RESTORE ...
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Why do we use FILE = 1 in scripts for restoring a database

Recently when I came across the script for restoring a database, I got a doubt on why we have to use "FILE = 1"? Can't we restore a database without that statement!? Basically, what it is used for?
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SQL Server backup status report

We have 30-40 SQL server instances in different servers (2012 with AlwaysOn). Is there any kind of report that can be made which captures the daily backup status and sends a mail, perhaps, or at least ...
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Compress backup taken from two different environments take different time to restore

I have two backup files one from Normal SQL Server and one from SQL Server from Azure VM. The restore of these backup files is totally different from each other. Though the database backups are ...
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I/O is frozen on Database & also I/O was resumed on Database on daily basis in log with complete Backup

I would like to say that as on daily basis i got the message in my log file. First The I/O is frozen on Database (DatabaseName) message appears in log. The message is like I/O is frozen on ...
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Automating an SQL task on a monthly basis

At the start of each month I have to give a team a copy of the live database which is held in a backup from 1am each morning (D:\Backup) - We then copy this database elsewhere onto a dev server and ...
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Backup internals - What happens when a backup job is running - in terms of locking and performance overhead in SQL Server?

For MySQL I know the database is backed up table by table in SQL Statements, this results in locking and if you update columns while backing up you might end up in integrity problems. To my ...
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Prevent logins loss when restoring a database

I'm backuping and restoring databases accross two sql server (v12.0.2000). But it looks like whenever I restore a .bak file, the login I created on the database that was backuped is no more existent ...
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Full backup at 1am, not started by my maintenace plan

I set up a complete set of Maintenance Plan. Full backup of all databases at 3AM. Differential backup at 6h30, 12h30, 18h30 and 00h30. Log backup at each hour, at 45 minutes (1h45, 2h45...) In my ...
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Deleting other files during maintenance plan

I have an SQL Server 2012 maintenance plan which does the normal stuff (rebuild indexes and update statistics, back up DBs, deletes .bak files older than X days, etc). Everything is working fine with ...
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Long running backups on small databases

We normally perform backups across the network to a file share on a different SAN. This works very well for all but 1 of our database servers. The problem machine is a new server running Windows ...
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SQL Server hangs during backup on EC2

Once and then our SQL Server will "hang" during its weekly full backup. When this happens, external connections start to timeout. The symptoms are: Connections timeout The sqlservr.exe process sits ...
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How to know that , Is it Maintenance Cleanup Task is working properly from maintenance Plan or not through T-SQL?

I would like to say that i had configured "Automatic DB Backup" as well as "Automatic DB Cleanup Task" through "Maintenance Plan" in MS SQL Server 2012 on my Production Database. And that is working ...
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How to generate an error when backing up to an existing file

I'm using SQL Server's BACKUP command and I want the operation to generate an error if I attempt to write to an existing backup file. By default, SQL Server seems to append to an existing file. ...
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backup a specific set of tables to be moved to a remote system [duplicate]

I need to generate either backups or data dumps for about 30 tables. I want to generate a file of some sort that contains the data for these tables and transfer them to a different system. Each ...
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Backup File Size Almost 50% of Database File Size with TDE Enabled

I receive a full backup of a very large database once per week from a vendor. It contains transactional data which we then load into our data warehouse. Fully restored, the database is around 707GB. ...
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Maintenance plan to backup differentials hourly each to a new file name in SQL Server 2012

In addition to a nightly full backup, I'd like to set up an hourly differential backup maintenance plan in SQL Server 2012, where each differential backup file should receive a different name. It ...
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Tool for quickly backup and restore a table

Is there a tool for quickly backup and restore a table's data, preferably to a csv file? It would be best if I could do it using batch. Run a .cmd file and data is backed up into a file with datetime ...
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Differntial back up: what happens to existing data?

Ok, this is a question borne purely from paranoia. But i want to ask all the same. If I make changes to a db, and then apply a differential back up at a later date, what happens to the changes I ...
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SQL Server : how to decide if FULL backup or DIFFERENTIAL

The following scenario (on SQL Server 2008 R2 and 2012 servers) A co-worker of mine restored another DB into the one our process was trying to create a differential backup for. As I am currently only ...
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SQl Sever Backup Exclude Users

I have a database on SQL Server 2012 that I need to backup and send to someone on a different network / domain. Is there a way to create a full backup file that will not include the users / security ...
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Is tlog backup on replica clearing VLFs on the primary?

Is it true that a transaction log backup made on the secondary database is clearing the inactive VLFs on the tlog file on the primary database (in case of Availability Groups)? I was not able to find ...
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Reporting Services DBs not appearing in Management Studio, but can be queried?

I've set up a server with native reporting services, connected to a database server which hosts its two databases. I'm trying to run a backup of the two databases so I can add them to my availability ...
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Fix transaction log file after database update

I have a databases that are regularly (monthly) updated. An update includes a lot of new or changed T-SQP procedures, functions, indexes creation, etc. A database X has transaction log file with the ...
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MS SQL Server 2012: once a day full replication (automatic backup/restore) for reporting

Our company is w/o a DBA, and it has fallen on me (a complete DB noob) to handle some critical database tasks. I'm looking for the best solution for us to be able to "copy" a full database to another ...
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Backup of database X on SQL Server 2008 on server A - restore to SQL Server 2012 database Y on server B

I want to copy a SQL Server 2008 database to SQL Server 2012 with a different database name. Took a backup of 'production' and copied it to the SQL Server 2012 machine. Created a new SQL Server 2012 ...
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Which version of Microsoft Tape Format is supported by which MS SQL Server

When you create a backup with Microsoft Sql Server, the resulting file is in Microsoft Tape Format. Different versions of SQL Server apparently use different version of this format. Which version of ...
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SQL Server 2012 always-on backup, full vs copy-only

I need a quick clarification on copy-only backup vs full backup as it pertains to transaction log numbering and restore if required. I have SQL Server 2012 setup with always on for multiple databases....
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Restoring differential backup creates DEFUNCT log file?

Here is my problem. I'm trying to move a database to a new server via a full restore, then cutover with a quick differential backup/restore. I can do a full restore without a problem, but when ...
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MAXTRANSFERSIZE setting causes restore to fail

I have a database that seems to be functioning fine with no apparent errors except that any full backup taken is broken - attempting a restore fails with an error "RESTORE detected an error on page (...
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Database Backup from 2008 R2, Restore on 2012 Failover Cluster Instance

I have a production database server having sql server 2008r2. This is an old server and considering our load, we are moving to a better hardware configuration, Now the new environment is a cluster ...
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SQL Server 2012 - Large backup file size

We have the following setup: Once a week (Sunday at midnight), a full database backup is performed. A new BAK file is created for this purpose, let's call it Backup1.bak. From then, a transactional ...
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MS SQL Server 2012 Error on TLog Backup

I have a MS SQL Server 2012 installation on which I am restoring a SQL 2005 .bak which includes some full-text catalogues The original .bak has no conflicts with 2012 (as the migrate advisor was used ...
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Copying a restoring database in SQL Server 2012

I've got two SQL Servers, one of these servers (Server A) is backing up transaction logs on some database and uploading them to the other (Server B). Unfortunately I have no access to Server A, I ...
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Fail plan on a release to production with differential backup

I am currently looking into a fail plan when we do a release to our production server. The context Currently we have one single production database (also production and testing but they are not ...
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if database is not shrinked does it affect backup size?

Ok my question is simple. Lets say that when i click database and hover over shrink it says it can be reduced 1 GB space. Now when i do a backup of this database, does this space also getting added ...
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How do I move SQL Server database files?

I have a database and want to move the .mdf and .ldf files to another location. But I do not want to stop the MSSQLSERVER service, and I do not want to export to another server. How can I do this?
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Script out XMLA for all databases

I have several SSAS databases. I only want to script out the XMLA for them on a nightly basis. This will be a second tier backup in addition to the regular backups we have. How do I auto-generate ...
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Backup and restore FileTable files

I'm preparing to use the FileTable feature in SQL Server 2012, but I'm unclear about how backups work with this feature: Does a full database backup include FileTable files? How would I perform the ...
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DBCC Physical only giving Connection failure

I have a SQL server 2012 Ent DB. The hosting company is trying to setup new backup solution using Symantec Backup Exec. They have come back and said our database is corrupt because they get these ...
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Error 3154 while restoring a backup using WITH REPLACE

I have SQL 2012 with SP1 installed on my computer. I made a backup of a database test.bak. I have a database with the name test2 which is the same database, but the data changed. I want to restore ...
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Transaction Log Maintanance While Using AlwaysOn Availability Group

We are using HADR ( AlwaysOn Availability Group) feature of SQL Server 2012. Server and AG Configuration as below: SQL12_SRV1 --> AG1(PRIMARY) - SYNC -->> DBTest SQL12_SRV2 --> AG1(SECONDARY) ...
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How to backup to local drive and network drive simultaneously?

I can backup to a local drive and mirror: BACKUP DATABASE [xxx] TO DISK = N'XXXX.bak' MIRROR TO DISK =N'Network path \XXX.bak' WITH INIT --directly to network drive BACKUP DATABASE [xxx] TO DISK =...
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How best to maintain SQL log file sizes

I'm somewhat of a new DBA and I'm managing a SQL Server 2012 instance that has a fair amount of activity. I'm running in Full Recovery mode because we need point in time recovery. Right now, I'm ...
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How can I tell if a SQL Server backup is compressed?

We have recently upgraded from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2012. Under SQL Server 2005 there is no option to create compressed backups as there is in 2012. If you attempt BACKUP DATABASE ... WITH (...
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SQL availability groups log maintenance

I have a AG with 2 nodes in a site in sync mode and 1 offsite in async mode. I'm having trouble understanding how the logspace is maintained in this scenario. For instance, I'm taking log backups ...
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Backup strategies for zero data loss

I am working on one project and it has around 100K records. We can afford a downtime of 1 day but we need the data to be always available to us in latest state. I've gone through two options: 1) ...
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Performing a Transaction Log Backup on a Live Database [duplicate]

I have a server 2012 database that has a transaction log that is growing at a rapid rate. i have a job that runs once a day after production hours which backs up the log file and shrinks it. The ...
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What are the best practices for backing up a secured SQL Server 2012?

I want to state right off the bat that I'm not looking for information on how to backup a SQL Server. I've got that taken care of. I'm looking for some form of documentation that will tell me the ...
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Restore SQL Server database from .sql files

So we had an encrypted database that puked and killed our whole SQL Server setup. Sucks about our data, but we were smart enough to have our data structures / stored procedures / functions in Git The ...