Category Archives: Backups

How to Prevent Databases From Being Backed Up

There are cases when it is necessary to exclude one or more databases from database backup list. If you administer a small number of databases you can do it simply by unchecking those databases which you don’t need to backup anymore. But what if you administer over 50 or even 100 databases? In this case excluding databases manually one by one is very inconvenient and time-consuming. Continue reading How to Prevent Databases From Being Backed Up

How to Group Several Notifications into One Email

Using SqlBak you can set email confirmation to get email notifications of successful or failed backup jobs. This is a very important part of your database backup strategy which will keep you informed in case if one of your backups failed.

On the other hand, sometimes notifications can be very annoying especially if you get several consequent errors within a short period of time. That’s why SqlBak has an option to merge several emails into a single one. Continue reading to see how it actually works. Continue reading How to Group Several Notifications into One Email

How to Backup SQL Server Database to Amazon Glacier

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a large, sometimes bewildering array of compute, storage, networking and analytics cloud offerings, as seen here. One of their storage products is Amazon Glacier, in addition to the older storage solutions – S3 and Elastic Block Store (EBS).Glacier is a very affordable solution intended as a write-once, retrieve-seldom storage medium for long-term storage. Think of it as a storage locker that’s far away from your home, as opposed to your at-home garage or cabinet locker. It is also a good choice for your SQL Server backups … Continue reading How to Backup SQL Server Database to Amazon Glacier

Why Transaction Log backups are important

When backing up your SQL Server database, you have the option of taking transaction log backups. These are quick, small backups containing a sequence of all your database’s changes. Transaction log backups are mightily useful for point-in-time recovery. Continue reading Why Transaction Log backups are important

Should You Back Up Your System Databases?

It goes without saying that as a DBA one of your most important tasks is to schedule and ensure regular backups of your databases. But by ‘databases’ here we usually mean your user-created databases. But SQL Server also automatically creates and maintains a number of system databases. So should you also back these up? Well, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no … Continue reading Should You Back Up Your System Databases?

Automated Database Backup-and-Restore for SQL Server

As a DBA, you have almost certainly taken a backup from one computer/ server for the purposes of restoration on another computer. It’s a somewhat tedious and manual process, but most of us are sort of resigned to it and accept it simply as a necessary evil of the DBA role. I mean, it’s not like you can automate the entire process, right? Well, hold that thought … Continue reading Automated Database Backup-and-Restore for SQL Server

POS System Backup Made Easy

POS Terminal backupA POS system backup is an essential task in any kind of business. Keeping your sales data safe for reporting and auditing is something all businesses should not cut corners in or treat with little importance.

When your company relies solely on an information system (database) to store all of its sales data, then it also must take all precautionary measures to protect this data and periodically make backups of the POS system’s database. We will show you how to do this in the article below.

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