Category Archives: Backups

  1. RESTORE VERIFYONLY what does WITH LOADHISTORY do?

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    July 18, 2018 by Kenneth Fisher

    Recently someone mentioned the LOADHISTORY option of RESTORE. It’s not horribly hard to find in BOL but it wasn’t the …
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  2. SQL Homework – March 2018 – Recovery Objectives

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    March 5, 2018 by Kenneth Fisher

    My very first SQL Homework post was about taking a backup. The vast majority of people who work with databases …
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  3. Backups of backups or How long is my backup really available?

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    February 7, 2018 by Kenneth Fisher

    I’ve said before that backups are at once one of the easiest things DBAs do, one of the most important, …
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  4. Schema only backup or schema only DB copy

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    October 25, 2017 by Kenneth Fisher

    Every now and again you have a database where you don’t necessarily need the data. It can easily be re-loaded …
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  5. SQL Homework – July 2017

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    July 3, 2017 by Kenneth Fisher

    For years Russ Thomas (b/t) has done a Monthly DBA Challenge and in fact I’ve used it as insperation a …
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  6. Backup to NUL

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    June 5, 2017 by Kenneth Fisher

    Yes, I spelled that correctly. NUL not NULL. NUL is basically a location you can send a backup to. In …
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  7. Compressed backup errors and TF 3042

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    March 16, 2017 by Kenneth Fisher

    Compressing your backups has very few downsides. It’s usually faster (the additional time for compression is less than the time …
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  8. What’s in my backup file?

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    February 22, 2017 by Kenneth Fisher

    Restoring a backup file is pretty easy right? Ok, but what if more than one database backup is stored in …
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  9. What is COPY_ONLY?

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    January 16, 2017 by Kenneth Fisher

    You’ll frequently hear that you should add the COPY_ONLY clause when taking an ad-hoc full backup to avoid messing up …
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  10. A semester’s worth of Backup and Recovery blogs – The TSQL Tuesday 85 Rollup

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    December 26, 2016 by Kenneth Fisher

    I was thrilled to host TSQL Tuesday #85, the last TSQL Tuesday of 2016. My subject was backup and recovery …
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