Backups

Growing It At Home: Building Your Own Tools

Short On Money?

Sometimes that is the motivation. Maybe the tool you want doesn’t really exist yet? For me it was those things and the joy of building something useful. I’ve built dozens if not hundreds of tools in the form of scripts, batch files and executable code. Did you know some of the tools you are paying your employers hard earned money for came up from the same roots? Someone needed a tool to do X, and lo’ there were others who were willing to pay for that work.

Great, Someone Has Written The Tool…

They also want something called money for me to use it. That may be the case but some More >

Demystifying SQL Server Differential Database Backups

Odd Man Out

SQL Server has three backup types. Two you have heard of and used. One, while useful, isn’t very well understood.

Let’s start with a technical recap of the three backup types for SQL Server.

1. Full Database Backup

When you request a full backup, SQL Server dumps all the data pages from your database, metadata about how your database is stored on disk and finally enough of the transaction log to bring the database back into a consistent state.  There are a few things you need to know about the full backup semantics. When you take a full backup it makes a few changes. Those changes More >

Software Review: Idera’s Virtual Database

Ever since the upgrade from SQL Server 6.5 to 7.0 one of the most requested features I’ve heard people complain about loosing was the ability to backup a single table. During my tenure as Product Manager for Quest’s SQL Litespeed extracting tables was one of the things we were constantly asked about. Eventually built it, and it worked. So, believe me when I tell you it is no easy feat to extract data from a backup file, let alone make it look like a normal database and attach it to a running SQL Server instance. The holy grail to me was always “select * from backup”. Virtual Database is as More >

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