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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If you care about SQL Server performance you need to take SQL Server Statistics into account. Statistics are lightweight and small objects which describe how data in SQL Server tables are distributed. The query optimizer uses them to create query plans that improve query performance. Continue reading How to Update Statistics in SQL Server
The automatic SQL Server health check monitoring must collect crucial metrics to diagnose memory, CPU, I/O issues that are needed for proper SQL Server performance. It also has to have a good set of reliable, accurate configurable alerts that 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 the 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 notifications immediately. Continue reading SQL Server Health Check
SQL Server health checks and backups often seem secondary to the primary business objectives. And, generally, it is so until your server is down or the data is lost. Only then the true importance of automating these mundane SQL Server maintenance tasks become apparent.
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Any SQL Server DBA worth their salt have their own checklist through which they routinely go to make sure that all systems are up and running. Below we will share with you some crucial points related to SQL Server health check.
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In that post, let’s talk about one of the primary sections 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 safe. Below you can find simple SQL Server backup and restore tutorial.
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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.)
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 a 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 the SQL Server database from a backup is to use SqlBak. And second – you can use standard T-SQL Commands to restore your SQL Server. Continue reading SQL Server Restore Database from Backup
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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