Category Archives: SQL Server Backup

MS SQL Server DBMS – /bin/sh: 1: /opt/mssql-tools/bin/sqlcmd

If you get the following error message during SqlBak set up on Linux or during a backup job:

MS SQL Server DBMS – /bin/sh: 1: /opt/mssql-tools/bin/sqlcmd

it means that SqlBak app could not find the path to the msql executables. By default, SqlBak searches for mssql files in the /opt/mssql-tools/bin/sqlcmd directory. Continue reading MS SQL Server DBMS – /bin/sh: 1: /opt/mssql-tools/bin/sqlcmd

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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How to Backup SQL Server to FTP Server

Copy of Destinations (3)One of the most popular ways how to create SQL Server database backup is to use SSMS or T-SQL Commands. But what if your backup plan is full backups twice a day, differential backups every 4 hours, and transaction log backups every 30 minutes, and you prefer to store all SQL Server database backup on FTP Server. How much time will you spend each day to complete such scenarios? You can simply tune SqlBak backup job just in few minutes, which will make SQL Server database backups according to your schedule and send them to FTP Server. Continue reading How to Backup SQL Server to FTP Server

How to Backup SQL Server to Local or Network Folder

How to Backup SQL Server to Local or Network Folder (logo)Do you make your SQL Server database backups with the help of SSMS or by using T-SQL Commands, or in any other way? How much time do you usually spend every day to make backups and store them to Local or Network Folder? With the help of SqlBak,  you can create a backup job that will make SQL Server backup regularly and store them to your local or network folder. Continue reading How to Backup SQL Server to Local or Network Folder

How to Backup SQL Server to Amazon S3

How to Backup SQL Server to Amazon S3 (logo)There are many ways of making SQL Server database backups and there are as many methods as to how and where to store them. But are you sure that your method really convenient for you? What if you database backup plan is: a full backup twice a day, differential every four hours and transaction log backups every 30 minutes, and all these backups you need to send to Amazon S3. How much time will you spend every day to make all these backup? Fortunately, you can create a backup job with the help of SqlBak in a few minutes, which will make all backups according to your schedule and send them to Amazon S3. Continue reading How to Backup SQL Server to Amazon S3

How to Backup SQL Server to Windows Azure

Copy of DestinationsThere are many ways how to make SQL Server database backups, for example, you can perform backups with the help of T-SQL Commands or SSMS. Also, you can choose a destination where your SQL Server backups will be sent for storing, for example, Windows Azure. But how much time does it take to create a backup and then sent it to Window Azure? With the help of SqlBak, you can perform a backup and then send it for storing to Windows Azure in a few minutes. Continue reading How to Backup SQL Server to Windows Azure