SQL Server: Understanding and Performing Backups

No matter the task you're performing in SQL Server, backups are essential to protect your data. Learn what SQL Server backups are, how they work, how to perform backups, and how to put together an effective backup strategy for your environment.
Course info
Rating
(34)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Nov 7, 2017
Duration
2h 27m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Introduction
Full and Differential Data Backups
Transaction Log Backups
Log Backup Options and Considerations
Backup Strategies
General Backup Options
Backup Compression, Encryption, and Integrity
Description
Course info
Rating
(34)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Nov 7, 2017
Duration
2h 27m
Description

It's really impossible to escape the need for backups even if you have some sort of synchronous replica of your databases, disasters can still happen that require restoring from backups. This means it's critical that you understand what backups are and how to create them. In this course, SQL Server: Understanding and Performing Backups, you'll learn what SQL Server backups are, why they're required, and how they work. First, you'll explore how to formulate a backup strategy based on business requirements and what restores you may need to perform. Next, you'll delve into commonly used backup options. Finally, you'll discover how to use backup compression, backup encryption, and maintain backup integrity. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to confidently perform backups in your environment and create a backup strategy.

About the author
About the author

Paul is the CEO of SQLskills.com, a Microsoft Regional Director and a SQL Server MVP. He worked on the SQL Server Storage Engine team at Microsoft from 1999 to 2007. Among other things, he wrote DBCC CHECKDB/repair for SQL Server 2005 and was responsible for the Core Storage Engine during SQL Server 2008 development.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello, my name is Paul Randal and welcome to my course, SQL Server: Understanding and Performing Backups. I'm a SQL Server consultant with SQLskills, as well as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. And this topic is one that I've been presenting for many years because I find that many data professionals don't understand how backups work, the problems you can run into around backups, and how to formulate an effective backup strategy. It's really impossible to escape the need for backups, because whatever you're doing with SQL Server, you're at least going to want to protect your data. In this course, we're going to cover what the various kinds of backups are and how they work, including topics like transaction log clearing and performing special tail-log backups. We'll discuss how to put together a backup strategy based on business requirements, and how your restore strategy really dictates what backups you need to perform. Finally, we'll examine a bunch of common backup options, including backup compression, backup encryption, and backup integrity. By the end of this course, you'll have a really good understanding of why backups are important, how backups work, and how to create an effective backup strategy for your environment. If you work with SQL Server in any capacity, whatever your level, this course is relevant to you, and you only need a basic understanding of SQL Server to comfortably follow along. I hope you'll join me here as we explore the many aspects of backups in this course, SQL Server: Understanding and Performing Backups, here on Pluralsight.