MS SQL Server Backup Software

MS SQL Backup Software

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

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Basic SQL Backup Software Features

Accurate and Reliable SQL Server Backup Database

Unlike programs that use ODBC driver to backup SQL server, Handy Backup works with the DBMS directly 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 MSSQL Directly

Hot SQL Backup

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 backup SQL server in stopped mode (i.e., take cold backup) if you need; there are no restrictions.

List of Supported Versions and Datasets

The MSSQL data source can back up any database engine, 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 popular modern Microsoft DBMS.
  • SQL Server 2016 backup – for the newest and hottest version of MS SQL Server.

As unified SQL Server backup software, Handy Backup uses the same interface to govern all versions. More, you can 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.

Additional Features

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

  • A big choice of storages, e.g. Amazon S3 and Box clouds, (S)FTP(S) servers and USB;
  • Full, incremental, differential and mixed full/differential MS 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, allow quick and reliable SQL backup for different versions of MS SQL software.

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Handy Backup Small Server

The Small Server solution can govern all your SQL backup and restore needs, along with taking other server-level and user data backups.

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?

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?

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?

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!

SQL Server Backup Compression and Encryption

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 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

Alternative Methods for Implementing SQL Backup Software

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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