Where to store your backups

When you do a backup, whether it be full, differential or log, SQL creates a backup file that you have to store somewhere. You'll need to decide for yourself where to store your backups based on your requirements for restoring. To work out where to store a backup, we need to work out what we're... Continue Reading →

How much data can you lose?

If you manage data for a business, the biggest risk you should always consider is how much of this data am I going to lose if a disaster strikes? Your manager is always going to want to have 0 data loss, that everything saved is kept no matter how big the disaster. However, they are... Continue Reading →

Types of SQL Backups

SQL Server has 3 different types of built-in backups: Full, Differential and Log. When working out how you're going to backup your database, you need to understand what the 3 different types are intended for, so you can work out what you need to do. Full A full backup is the simplest type to understand... Continue Reading →

Why Backup SQL Server?

I'm going to start a new series on backing up SQL Server. This was inspired by @Kendra_Little in one of her Dear SQL DBA podcasts In this series I want to work through why we need backups, how to do backups, and the different types of backups that you could do and why you would... Continue Reading →

What is Your “Why”?

Andy Leonard (@AndyLeonard) has asked this month on T-SQL Tuesday "Why do you do what you do?" I have two answers to this question. On one hand I do what I do because it pays the bills. I have a full time job working for a company here in Australia and it pays the bills... Continue Reading →

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