Pro SQL Server Disaster Recovery by James Luetkehoelter

By James Luetkehoelter

Many may argue that the only most vital activity of a SQL Server database administrator is with a purpose to get well your database within the occasion of loss or harm. seasoned SQL Server catastrophe restoration is helping you meet that objective by way of displaying you ways to contemplate and plan for power difficulties. You'll discover ways to expect and decrease the possibility of a catastrophe, and to mitigate the consequences of a catastrophe whilst one does take place. maybe most significantly, you'll tips on how to organize so you might go back a approach to its basic country fast, making sure approach availability and the ongoing luck and operation of your business.

Many SQL Server gains and applied sciences are, or will be positioned to solid use in catastrophe restoration making plans. during this publication, you'll find out about strong instruments and features—such as Database Snapshots and Mirroring—for info backup and catastrophe restoration which are found in SQL Server 2005, and which are superior in SQL Server 2008. additionally lined are universal matters to count on whilst utilizing those beneficial properties. This booklet explores your ideas via reading the technical information of catastrophe restoration positive factors after which using that wisdom to sensible scenarios.

There's a human facet to catastrophe restoration making plans to boot. Like few different actions, catastrophe restoration making plans calls for that you simply paintings heavily with a wide selection of individuals from all throughout your company. humans talents are as severe to catastrophe restoration making plans as technical abilities, and maybe extra so. This booklet doesn't go away you in the dead of night, yet presents sound suggestion on how one can continue catastrophe restoration making plans initiatives heading in the right direction, how you can stay away from harmful scope creep, and the way to paintings successfully with the diversity of character forms that you'll encounter.

Disaster restoration making plans is de facto approximately sleep. if you get the decision at 3:00 am that your database is misplaced, don't get up with that icy feeling on your veins. as a substitute, get up with self assurance that you've got a plan in position, a plan that you've practiced, that administration has acquired into, a plan so you might execute even whereas half–asleep to get your database, your organization, and your task again on course.

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The convention is now used for backward compatibility. Three versions later, isn’t it time for a more appropriate name for that stored procedure? 25 26 CHAPTER 2 ■ MAKING DATABASE BACKUPS Dropping a Backup Device Dropping a backup device is even simpler than creating one: Sp_dropdevice @logicalname='AWBackup' This command only removes the backup device definition—it doesn’t automatically delete the files contained therein. Use this command to remove all the files in addition to the device definition: Sp_dropdevice @logicalname='AWBackup', @devfile='DELFILE' The literal 'DELFILE' is required for completely dropping the device and all the files associated with it—not the most intuitive command.

Without a complete transaction history from a full or differential backup, point-in-time recovery cannot occur. SQL Server 2005 Books Online (BOL) has excellent recommendations for pre and post actions when switching between recovery modes. I’ll revisit changing recovery modes in Chapter 5 when I show you how to begin building a cohesive backup/restore strategy. CHAPTER 2 ■ MAKING DATABASE BACKUPS T-SQL Backup Most people consider using T-SQL commands to be the ideal way to initiate and manage database backups.

That unease helps keep you on your toes. However, it’s also the key to why a restore process can unravel. The restoration process is inherently filled with emotion and pressure from management, creating a need for teamwork and constant communication with business users. In this book, I’ll talk about all of these aspects, but first you need to understand the technical process, devoid of any external factors or pressures. In Chapter 5, I’ll discuss overall planning, and Chapter 13 will focus on the types of business and interpersonal pressures that can make this job so difficult.

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