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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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SQL Server Health Check

The automatic SQL Server health check monitoring must collect crucial metrics to diagnose memory, CPU, I/O issues which are needed for proper SQL Server performance. It also has  to have a good set of reliable, accurate configurable alerts which will tell us if the failure occurs. Of course, you can create your own set of scripts and run them every time you need to check the working state of your SQL server. But the easiest way is to use SQL Server health check from SqlBak. It will make all crucial checks for you, collect the statistics and if something goes down will send  the email notification immediately. Continue reading SQL Server Health Check

SQL Server Backup and Restore Tutorial

In that post let’s talk about one of the primary section in the daily life for each DBA this is SQL Server backup and restore tutorial. The greatest way to backup and restore your SQL Server database is to apply SqlBak. Using SqlBak you can be sure that your SQL Server database is in safe. Below you can find simple SQL Server backup and restore tutorial. Continue reading SQL Server Backup and Restore Tutorial

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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SQL Server Restore Database from Backup

SQL Server restore database from backup – how to do it? This is one of the crucial questions related to SQL Server. In this article, we are going to show you two ways how you can do it. The first and the easiest  way to make SQL Server database from backup is to use SqlBak. And the second – you can use standard T-SQL Commands to restore your SQL Server. Continue reading SQL Server Restore Database from Backup