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 does the Server Health Check Affect Server’s Performance?

As you probably know, SqlBak recently announced the Server Health Check feature that adds significant value to SqlBak as a database backup service, allowing it to monitor the vital parameters of your server, such as database size, transaction log size, index fragmentation level, free disk space, and folder size. Continue reading How does the Server Health Check Affect Server’s Performance?

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