How to backup and restore Microsoft Azure Cloud SQL Database

Microsoft Azure SQL Database is a managed cloud database from Microsoft. It runs on a cloud computing platform, and access to it is provided as a service. If you use SqlBak for managing your database backups and want to backup Microsoft Azure SQL Database as well, here you will find a step-by-step guide on how to do it. Continue reading How to backup and restore Microsoft Azure Cloud SQL Database

Why SqlBak is better than Microsoft SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool?

If you use Azure Storage to keep your SQLServer backups then you are probably already aware of “Microsoft SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool” that allows you to send your backups there. In this post, we will show how it works and why SqlBak does the same thing in a more convenient way.

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Sql Server backup format: BAK vs SQB

SqlBak creates backups in so-called .bak format, while RedGate’s product stores backups in .sqb format. What’s the difference?

Usually, database backup files with .bak extension contain data in the standard Microsoft Tape Format (MTF)  used by  Microsoft itself as well as many backup tools for the Microsoft Windows platform. Many third-party SQL Server backup products including SqlBak and SqlBackupAndFtp produce backups in this format as well.

Files with .sqb extension contain backups in RedGate’s proprietary format. You would need to use some special utilities if you want it to be converted into MTF. Let’s learn more about Microsoft Tape Format (MTF) and SQL Backup format from Red Gate.

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Msg 3201, Level 16 Cannot open backup device. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.)

Below you can find the solution of the following SQL Server error message:

Msg 3201, Level 16 Cannot open backup device. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.)

Probably you face this error when you try to make SQL Server database backup. It has to be admitted that this error message belongs  to the permissions issue on the local disk and user account which is running SQL Server. Continue reading Msg 3201, Level 16 Cannot open backup device. Operating system error 5(Access is denied.)

The log or differential backup cannot be restored because no files are ready to rollforward

Working with SQL Server sometimes you have to restore your database and sooner or later during the restoration process you can receive the following error message:

Msg 3117, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
The log or differential backup cannot be restored because no files are ready to roll forward.
Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
RESTORE LOG is terminating abnormally.

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This differential backup cannot be restored because the database has not been restored to the correct earlier state

In this article, we are going to discuss how to solve the error which can occur during the restoration of a differential backup. Here is the error message:

Msg 3136, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
This differential backup cannot be restored because the database has not been restored to the correct earlier state.
Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
RESTORE DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

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