Essentials for Backing Up SQL Server Database
by Oscar Pineda, on Oct 17, 2014 11:30:53 AM
Databases contain a lot of critical data that is important to the ongoing operations of your business, which is why SQL backup and server maintenance should be high on your list of priorities. The most important aspect is SQL server database backup.
Backing up SQL server databases doesn't have to be a daunting task. With NovaBACKUP Business Essentials, it couldn't be easier. Our latest backup usage stats reveal that over 40% of our customers run backup jobs that include some type of SQL server database backup. This is explained by the number of SMB users who are currently using SQL based products such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems. These systems contain a wealth of data stored in tables, columns, variables, and fields often utilizing Microsoft SQL, which is why SQL backup is so critical.
Here are some of the applications that often utilize Microsoft SQL, which may be important to include when backing up SQL Server:
- Microsoft Dynamics
Essentials for Backing Up SQL Server
Knowing that customers must protect important SQL data, NovaBACKUP offers a SQL server backup solution called NovaBACKUP Business Essentials that includes some key benefits.
- API level SQL Backup and Restore functionality
- No need to stop service or shut down applications
- Support for up to Microsoft SQL 2019
- Fast and immediate support for new SQL releases/updates
- Automatic identification of SQL Server databases
- Supporting a physical or virtual machine SQL server
- No additional costs (for SQL plugin or functionality)
How to Backup a SQL Database
If you have ever been unsure as to how to backup a SQL database, you may also be wondering, "will backing up SQL server databases using NovaBACKUP be easy enough for me to do myself?" The answer is Yes. It's as simple as selecting the database you want to backup, selecting where to backup to and setting your backup job schedule.
Under the Backup tab you will the Microsoft SQL server plugin. On the right hand side, just select the database you want to back up. In the example, we are backing up the database called ManagementServer.
Next, you will need to select the destination of your backup. In the lower left-hand side of the screen, you will see a button called Backup to. Simple click this button and navigate to the location you would like to save your backups to.
From here you can Estimate the size of your backup, or Schedule your backup jobs to run automatically based on your set schedule. It's really that easy to perform a SQL server backup. Step one, backup SQL database, step two, learn how to restore from a SQL server database backup.
How to Restore a SQL Server Database
Restoring a SQL server database with NovaBACKUP is just as easy. Just click on the Restore tab, find your SQL backup job, select your database and click restore.