SQL Server Backup Software

SQL Backup Software

SQL server backup is a fully automated task for Handy Backup software, utilizing a dedicated plug-in for any SQL version and allowing saving databases as compressed binary dumps with all components and settings preserved. As a perfect SQL backup tool, Handy Backup can also schedule and tune these tasks.

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Basic SQL Backup Software Features

Accurate and Reliable SQL Server Backup Database

Unlike SQL Server backup software utilizing ODBC drivers, Handy Backup works with the DBMS directly via the MSSQL backup plug-in and lets you to save SQL databases with all included views, indexes, stored procedures, etc., as well as always to restore them intact.

Handy Backup Works with MS SQL Directly

List of Supported Versions for SQL Backup Database Plug-in

The SQL data source works with any edition of MS SQL Server, regardless of the version, so you can:

Selecting MSSQL Backup in Handy Backup
  • Backup SQL Server 2005, the classic but almost obsolete.
  • Backup SQL Server 2008, the mainstay for many enterprises up to a day.
  • SQL Server 2012 backup, a good and well-equipped modern solution.
  • SQL Server 2014 backup, a version of Microsoft DBMS that is still at high demand.
  • SQL Server 2016 backup , for a stable and popular modern version of SQL Server.
  • SQL Server 2016 backup , the current, latest and hottest edition of MS SQL.

As unified SQL Server backup software, Handy Backup uses the same interface to work with all versions. You can also organize joint SQL backup with any other server-grade or user-level data (e.g. website content via FTP, files, folders and so on), using just the same task to set up copying all this information.

Hot SQL Backup

Handy Backup allows taking snapshots of MS SQL databases without stopping a server. This technique, called hot backup, reduces both server downtime and user distractions. Of course, you can always backup SQL server in stopped mode (i.e., take cold backup) if you need; there are no restrictions.

Making SQL Auto Backup by Scheduling

sql backup automation

A built-in scheduler is a perfect tool for SQL backup automation, allowing starting SQL auto backup tasks at an exactly defined time and then repeating these tasks at a pre-defined interval from a single minute to several months. Thus, you can both secure your SQL backup database from faults and free your time.

Internal scheduling requires no any third-party utilities or scripts to run by schedule, allowing much more freedom for realizing plain or complex SQL Server backup strategies, such as 3-2-1 backup or Grandfather-Father-Son.

Additional Features

As SQL Server database backup software, Handy Backup provides a couple of important features and advantages, including such things as:

  • A big choice of storages, e.g. S3-driven clouds, FTP servers and external USB drives;
  • Full, incremental, differential and mixed SQL Server backup;
  • SQL Server backup compression and encryption, for taking extra security measures;
  • Versioned backups, time stamps, processing databases by external software after backup;
  • Scheduling tasks by a period, to exact time or by plugging an external USB drive.
A Variety of Storages for MS SQL Backup

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 database. Still, you can freely use incremental backup if you need it!

These crucial advantages, among many other Handy Backup features, made it most quick and reliable SQL backup software for different versions of SQL software.

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SQL Backup Trivia

Before programming your SQL backup tool for a particular task, you can optimize your backups by taking into consideration the three simple factors.

How Frequently the SQL Database Changes

How Frequently the SQL Database Changes?

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.

How Important the Database Content Is

How Important the Database Content Is?

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).

How Big Are Database Backups

How Big Are Database Backups?

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 SQL Server backup software always consider storing same backups at least on two different locations, one linked to a server and other placed somewhere offsite (e.g. on a cloud or remote FTP). Just copy one backup task to another and then change the second task destination to make such tasks!

SQL Server Backup Compression and Encryption

Transferring a SQL backup database 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 compresses any SQL database when backing it up.

  • You may add a 128-bit built-in encryption to these measures, protecting your backup with an extra level of security;
  • You can also use an external encrypting software before or after backing up, by checking an appropriate box on a Step 7 and adding the software command;
  • Finally, you can achieve extra compression into a single or multiple ZIP files for all your backup content in a particular task (not only a SQL database).
SQL Database Compression and Encryption

Using SQL Server Backup Software: Video Tutorial

This video demonstrates how to use Handy Backup for SQL Server backup, utilizing all its power and possibilities. The backup scheme here works as mixed differential, allowing taking one full and several diff copies in a continuous cycle. You will see also all backup task creation features in advanced mode.

Note: To connect with a new database instead of using an existing connection as shown here, just click “Create a connection” after selecting the “MS SQL” plug-in on Step 2. You will see a dialog window, where you can enter your login and password for SQL server backup. Give a name for a connection.

For full automation, SQL server backup software uses the internal scheduler here, running a task every day from Mondays to Sundays. This is no compression or encryption in this video for SQL backup data, but you can easily add these options on Step 5 demonstrated here.

SQL Server Backup Software Comparison

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 a common user or unskilled administrator.

Alternatively, Handy Backup is a simple and reliable SQL backup tool. Any user who have beginner-level skills at Windows can effectively create backup and restoration task with it, even for such a difficult matter that the SQL server backup is. Have a nice job!

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Capterra′s Rating:
Handy Backup Rating on Capterra is 4.5
"Great product, very simple and effective backup program"

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