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.
Continue reading SQL Server backup format: BAK vs SQB
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
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.
Continue reading Why Do You Need Automatic SQL Server Health Checks?
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.
Continue reading SQL Server Health Check Checklist
After you have passed the registration process, it’s time to connect your server to SqlBak. The SqlBak app can be installed on the following Operating Systems:
- Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, RHEL, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Fedora)
Just follow these simple steps to set it up. Continue reading How to Connect Computer to SqlBak
After you have passed the registration process and connected SqlBak to your server, go to your Dashboard page and create your first backup job. Continue reading How to create SqlBak backup job in 2 minutes
As we launched the Server Health Check feature, SqlBak users might be curious about what data we collect during this process. Continue reading What Data We Collect During the Server Health Check
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?
Today there are several methods of how to backup SQL Server 2016 database. In this article we will review how to backup SQL Server 2016 and what features have been added. Continue reading How to backup SQL Server 2016
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