Backup the Transaction Log When the Database is Damaged

Backup the Transaction Log When the Database is Damaged
This post will address the issue of backing up the Transaction Log in the unfortunate eventuality when your SQL Server Database is damaged.
We will offer details regarding how you can do your Transaction Log backup with either T-SQL queries or by using the graphical interface of SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio) in a step-by-step example.

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How To Configure Backup Compression

backup6Now that we have previously discussed about backup compression, it is time we offer details about how to configure compression for your backups.
 Just as a short reminder, backup compression is a powerful feature offered by SQL Server (versions 2008 and newer) that allows you to shrink the amount of storage space used by your backup files while at the same time increasing the speed of recovery, which goes hand in hand with lower CPU usage when restoring the database from your backup.

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How to backup a table in SQL Server

Standard SQL Server backup does not support backup of a separate table, but this does not mean that this task cannot be solved in principle. Several tools and tricks allow you to backup a single table with data.

However, please pay attention that the fact that you need to backup an individual table, in some cases, may be a sign that the database is poorly designed. Perhaps the table you want to backup needs to be moved to a separate database. SQL Server supports cross-database queries, and at the SQL query level there is access to tables in other databases.

The main problem with backing up a separate table is that the backup data in the table is not consistent with the rest of the database, which can lead to logical errors in the data or banal foreign key errors.

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Windows Azure SQL Database Backup – TIPS

windows azure SqlBakHaving the possibility to backup your SQL Server databases to Windows’s cloud platform is very convenient, easy, and takes a great weight off your organization’s shoulders but there are a few things that improve this process.

Just by adopting a few good practices in your work with Azure you can improve the entire flow of backing up and restoring your databases.

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Backup SQL Server databases to Windows Azure

There is good news for SQL Server DBAs and also for other users who are interested in backing up their data to safe and reliable cloud storage.

Microsoft has announced a couple of days ago several new ways of backing up and recovering SQL Server databases to their online cloud-based storage platform and infrastructure system, Windows Azure.

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SQL Server log file is too big – resolved!

If your SQL Server transaction log (LDF) file is too big – you are doing something wrong. As technet puts it:

Typically, truncation occurs automatically under the simple recovery model when database is backed up and under the full recovery model when the transaction log is backed up. However, truncation can be delayed by a number of factors. For more information, see Factors That Can Delay Log Truncation.

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