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Posting Yak Master

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Posted - 03/18/2014 :  12:05:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
New prod DB (60GB data/60GB whitespace) needs to be backed up and sent off site to vendor. Vendor has complained about the DB size and requested we remove whitespace.

Naturally we are reluctant to shrink a prod DB. Is there a new function yet with ss2012 that allows a RESTORE while removing white space? Remember something around you can restore the T-Logs on target much smaller than source backup.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

Almighty SQL Goddess

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Posted - 03/18/2014 :  12:22:16  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
No such function exists in any versions of SQL Server. Restore the database to a test machine, perform the shrink and then backup the database, preferably compressed or compress the backup file.

Tara Kizer
SQL Server MVP since 2007

Edited by - tkizer on 03/18/2014 12:31:45
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Posting Yak Master

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Posted - 03/19/2014 :  04:03:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the confirmation Tara. Must had got confused with the T-Log restore features in 2012. Looks like I better get shrinking
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