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Questions tagged [snapshot]

The processes of creating a point in time copy of data.

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Is it possible to quickly create/restore database snapshots with PostgreSQL?

First of all, I'm a developer, not a DBA or sysadmin; please be gentle :) I'm working on an application workflow where a single user action will trigger complex changes in the database - creating ...
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Backing up & restoring 10-20 SQL Server databases to a ~synchronous state?

I need to backup up 10-20 SQL Server 2008 R2 databases with sizes between 10-50 GB, while they are online and used simultaneously by a single enterprise app. I also need to restore them to a state ...
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SQL Server database snapshots for integration testing

I am trying to define a way of working with a test database (in SQL Server) for our integration testing. My idea was to do these steps at the launch of the integration test assembly: create a ...
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How can I query for existing database snapshots in SQL server?

I'm trying to create a t-sql query that can determine whether or not a given database has any database snapshots that were created from it. For example, if I were to create a snapshot like this: ...
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Does SQL Server Snapshot replication completely copy the data every time or does it issue deltas?

I am looking at snapshot replication between two servers. Here is what I have: 500GB database ~500MB nightly bcp loads ~50MB daily transactions I was asking other DBAs in the company about which ...
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EC2 - How to correctly back up PostgreSQL data?

Here is the setup: 1 small Amazon Linux (EBS-backed) EC2 instance with 3 additional volumes. This is both a web server and database server. One volume for code, one for the PostgreSQL (8.4) data ...
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Are SQL Server Database writes slower with Snapshot Isolation?

I have a lot of deadlocks going on in my system. I would like to use Snapshot Isolation to fix them, but my DBA has reserves about it. One of his concerns is that Snapshot Isolation slows down ...
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Advantage of using a database snapshot for reporting purposes

What is the performance advantage of using a snapshot of a database for reporting purposes? The way I see it, it would probably downgrade performance since for every write in the original database, ...
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What methods are available to create a snapshot of an oracle database for testing purposes?

I am new to databases and have just been assigned to work with Oracle. We want to create a snapshot of the database for testing purposes that will allow us to revert back once we're done. I'm a bit ...
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Remote queries at SNAPSHOT isolation level

I'm experimenting with snapshot isolation level. Whenever I try to access a linked server, I get an error: Remote access is not supported for transaction isolation level "SNAPSHOT" I wasn't able ...
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SQL Server 2008 mirrored Database with manual failover, need reporting database

Our current setup is a principal database used in production with a manual failover mirrored database for HA. I need to setup a reporting database as well. What would be the best approach? Shall I ...
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Using SQL Snapshot Replication to refresh TEST databases from PRODUCTION. Why not?

What are the drawbacks and downsides? We want to schedule automatic nightly refreshes of 20 databases, approximately 1GB each, from the PRODUCTION server to the TEST server. We're setting up SQL ...
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Sql server snapshot isolation overhead when read_committed_snapshot is enabled

When SQL Server's read committed snapshot is on (and thus some amount of row versioning is necessary), is there any additional overhead caused merely by enabling snapshot isolation? Snapshot ...
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Why is my database stuck in the Restoring state?

I have some unit tests that manipulates data in a database. In order to guarantee that the database state is always the same throughout all the tests, we're trying restore a database snapshot at the ...
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Deploying and rolling back changes in an Availability Group database

I'm looking for a solution or workflow. Here's how I used to do database deploys when using a stand-alone server: Create a snapshot of the production database Deploy changes Verify that the deploy ...
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DB snapshot goes into SUSPECT mode (SQL 2014 on WIN2K8R2)

I was hoping someone here might have encountered this sort of issue and if so what did you do to fix it? Here's some details: DB server: SQL 2014 Enterprise (12.0.4100.1) OS: Windows 2008R2 ...
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What is the proper way to backup MySQL database with rsnapshot?

I want to backup my website that contains both user uploaded images and data stored in MySQL database such that they are always consistent with each other in any particular point of time. While ...
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How can I determine the date of a snapshot in SQL Server 2008r2?

I am working on implementing an ETL process to load data into a warehouse. Part of this process is pulling data from our production server (Server P) to a staging server where the actual load into ...
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Database ID of a non-existent database - time-out waiting for buffer latch on page appearing in error log

Background: I've recently started at a new shop with lots of databases in various states. I arrived this morning (having just been added to the SQL DBA mailing group) to find an email about the ...
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Can PostgreSQL support integration test with some kind of throwaway overlay?

It's a common problem to write integration tests that include a database. If the test changes the database then it could effect other tests or the next run of itself. I know that I could wrap my test ...
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How to undo every change made to a database in a controlled environment?

I'm doing system testing of a product, and several tests are severely changing the data of a demo database. The data is quite complex to create queries which will undo the changes done by the tests; ...
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Should snapshot agent continue to run in transactional replication?

We have transactional replication running for a large number of publications on sql server 2008 R2 2 node active/active cluster. I have noticed that the snapshot agent job runs hourly and it looks ...
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Why are Stored Procedure schema changes not being replicated when using ”initialize with backup”?

In SQL Server I have set up transational replication using the "initialize with backup" option. Data is being replicated fine, as are schema changes to tables. However, schema changes to stored ...
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Excessive replication snapshot size causing failure

I am searching for an explanation of a replication snapshot being in excess of 5 times what we're predicting Following a replication failure we are attempting to reinitialise subscriptions with a new ...
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What is the best way to automatically create a snapshot of the table at the certain time?

I have running and quite loaded PostgreSQL server. I need to take snapshots of the certain tables at the certain time (midnight). Those tables are pretty loaded (a lot of updates and inserts). What ...
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Get a listing of snapshot data files

I need to programmatically drop a database with all of its snapshots and then recreate the database and create a new snapshot. I'm having trouble locating where the snapshot files are located from ...
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SQL Server 2016 SP1 + strategy for long term version retention (snapshots, temporal tables, other?)

We have a data mart fed from an upstream data warehouse that we generate reports out of for external parties. I have a business requirement to preserve the state of the database for each month end to ...
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SQL Snapshot Redirect

Company is implementing Database Mirroring Asynchronous with Snapshot. This provides some Disaster Recovery with Reporting area. Server A Principal contains database which mirrors to Server B, ...
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Why database snapshot creation is faster than normal database backups?

Could you tell me any reason why creation of database snapshot is faster than database normal database backups in MS SQL server
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How widespread is the adoption and usage of database snapshots?

After reading up on database snapshots, it seems that they are useful as a backup and quick restore method for small DDL and DML changes. Additionally they are useful for large scale dev/test ...
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Online index rebuild snapshot location and impact of filling index drive

My understanding of a rebuild index online operation is that the index will have a snapshot taken and the rebuild is started on the snapshot index. My question is where does the snapshot index ...
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Questions Concerning Database Snapshots

One of our divisions is running SQL Server 2012 SP1 Enterprise edition for no particular reason (I know, I know... the decision was made before my time and they are resistant to change). What I'm ...
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Oracle Materialized View

I need your help with a issue on Oracle Materialized View. I created the Materialized View using the following command: CREATE MATERIALIZED VIEW SNAP_TEST TABLESPACE tbs NOCACHE LOGGING NOPARALLEL ...
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How to generate replication snapshot without locking tables

When I reinitialize subscription and generate new snapshot it locks all tables and makes the database unusable for a very long time (never waited it out). Is there anyway to do this without locking?
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Fast backup & restore of MySQL database to revert recent changes

I have a decently big MySQL DB (InnoDB) with size about 400 MB. Thus dumping the whole DB with mysqldump and restoring it back takes forever (more than 15 minutes, which is unacceptable). For ...
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Advice on setting up a Reporting server

I'd like to ask advice on setting up a reporting server please. We have a SQL Server (on a VM) that handles operations. (SQLOps) This primary SQL server instance has a secondary Log Shipping ...
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SQL Server Snapshot Replication and SRDF compatability

Is there anything that breaks down if you use snapshot replication and then use SRDF for disaster recovery (DR) on the snapshot publisher? Specifically I am asking is: On the DR system, would the DR ...
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SQL Server: in what situation can snapshot restore be blocked after SET SINGLE_USER?

In my tests, i have the following script: USE master; ALTER DATABASE [TestDB] SET SINGLE_USER WITH ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE RESTORE DATABASE [TestDB] FROM DATABASE_SNAPSHOT = 'TestDBSnapshot' In some case ...
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Where do Database Snapshots store the information what pages have been copied to the snapshot files?

Database snapshot files are sparse files. Only when a page is modified the sparse file is being written to. Reads of the snapshot must be able to know whether the sparse file contains a copied page or ...
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Would using timestamps solve consistency issues with snapshot isolation?

I'm considering using Snapshot Isolation for some large queries being send from an Access 2007 frontend. These queries are occasionally causing ASYNC_NETWORK_IO waits, and some blocking as well. I'm ...
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Making Production database as Publisher and Distributor for Snasphot Replication

In our environment we are using Log Shipping as DR. Our primary database is a clustered instance. My requirement is to set up a snapshot replication for reporting purposes. My plan is as follows: ...
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Snapshot Backups for SQL Server Databases

We are researching the direction of using Snapshot backups for SQL Server, rather than more traditional backup methods. We are using CommVault (and would be for snapshot too..) I am trying to ...
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SQL Server Transactional replication failed due to snapshot agent failure

I'm trying to set transactional replication between 2 SQL Server 2012 named instances. I've followed a step by step manual and created a Publication. But once I look into Replication Monitor I Get ...
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Unable to fully drop a database snapshot

I have a job that drops and re-creates a snapshot, it's currently failing when trying to create the database as it says the database already exists. The database however does not have an entry in ...
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Replication Access denied in Replication

I have a database on-prem, and I have an Azure account. I need to establish transactional replication from the on-prem to Azure. First of all I created a publication and after that I made a ...
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Why does creating database snapshot fail unless user is db_owner or sysadmin? MSDN suggests it should work

MSDN suggests that CREATE DATABASE permissions are all that is necessary to create a snapshot. Any user who can create a database can create a database snapshot; however, to create a snapshot of ...
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Online index maintenance in SQL Server using SNAPSHOT isolation level

I have recently altered our SQL Server 2008 R2 database to enable SNAPSHOT isolation level and made appropriate changes to hibernate to run all transactions in SNAPSHOT mode. I have however noticed ...
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How to Create Snapshot Backups in MySQL

I've seen a lot of people talking about snapshots backup, even I'm reading a book about mysql but nobody explain the code how to make a snapshots backup. This is what the book says: flush tables ...
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Snapshot isolation transaction failed in database 'Master'

We have a production database running in snapshot isolation level. The application have a functionality where the user can selected a few records and command it to be processed. A lot is done while ...
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Snapshot_isolation_state_desc NOT turning off [closed]

I am trying to resolve the following issue and need your help. We wanted to turn on is_read_committed_snapshot_on and Snapshot_isolation_state_desc ON on our db! When I ran following command to ...