Backup Software / MS SQL Server Backup
Handy Backup fully automates MSSQL backup. It has a dedicated instrument for any MS SQL version, allowing backing up databases as compressed binary dumps with all the components and settings preserved. As a perfect SQL backup utility, Handy Backup can schedule and tune these tasks.
Version 7.8.0, built on 13 May, 2016 58.1 MB
As the pro-level SQL backup program, Handy Backup contains a set of important features making MS SQL auto backup as quick and reliable as possible.
Unlike programs that use ODBC driver to export MSSQL tables, Handy Backup works with MSSQL Server directly, and lets you to back up MS SQL database with all views, indexes, stored procedures, etc., and always restore them intact.
Handy Backup allows taking snapshots of MS SQL databases without stopping a server. This technique, called “hot” backup, reduces both the server downtime and user distractions. Of course, you can always save a stopped database (“cold” backup) if you need; there are no restrictions.
The MSSQL data source can back up any database engine, regardless of the version, so you can:
For backing up all versions of MSSQL, Handy Backup uses the same interface. More, you can organize joint backup SQL data with any other server-grade or user-level information (e.g. website content via FTP, files, folders and so on), using just the same task to set up copying all these data.
For SQL auto backup, Handy Backup provides a couple of important features and advantages, including:
Note: Incremental database backups can be too bulky and always take a lot of time when restoring. Therefore, we are strongly recommending using differential or mixed methods instead of incremental for SQL Server backup. Still, you can freely use incremental backup if you need it!
These crucial advantages, among many other Handy Backup features, allow quick and reliable SQL backup for different versions of MS SQL software.
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The Small Server solution can perform your SQL auto backup and restoration, along with taking other server-level and user data backups. Free 30-days trial version!
Before planning your MS SQL backup program, you can optimize backups by taking into consideration the three simple factors.
Take a differential backup each time when your database content will change by a significant grade (e.g. by 10%). If this time measures in minutes, back up, say, every 10 minutes. If this takes hours or days, make daily backups.
For any important (e.g. commercial) data, take full backups at least one to two times per day, perhaps every hour. For less important databases, plan your backup at least one to two times per week, or take snapshots daily (e.g. after the main worktime ends, say, at 9:15 pm).
If your backups are too bulky, use external USB drives or local NAS/mapped drives to store copies of these databases. For smaller databases, you can back up to commercial clouds, ever available for uploading/downloading data and comfortable to use.
Note: Best backup practices always consider storing same backups at least on two different locations, one linked to a server and other placed somewhere off-site (e.g. on a cloud or remote FTP). Just copy one backup task to another and then change the second task destination to achieve this effect!
Transferring MS SQL data by networks can be potentially dangerous. To protect your data packages, you can use VPN and/or SFTP/FTPS secured protocols/ In addition, Handy Backup automatically compress any SQL database when backing it up.
You can use a built-in SQL backup program, or write some SQL backup script to take a copy of your database(s). Both these methods require additional skills and knowledge, and we are not recommending these methods to an unskilled administrator.
Alternatively, Handy Backup is a simple and reliable SQL backup utility. Any user who have beginner-level skills at Windows can effectively create backup and restoration task, even for such a difficult matter that the SQL server backup is. Have a nice job!
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