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Posted - 10/04/2005 :  08:03:46  Show Profile  Visit AskSQLTeam's Homepage  Reply with Quote
rkinfo writes "How to set up sql server to save back up of sql server databse to remote disk on network ?
My sql server host (SQL server 2000 on windows 2000) is full and I want to start taking weekly backup to other machine on network but I am unable to see any other machine during scheduling 'recurring' backups."

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Posted - 10/04/2005 :  09:01:07  Show Profile  Send madhivanan a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Try this

Backup database Test to disk = '\\RemoteSystemName\Drive\DBName.bak'

so that it will be copied directly to Remote system


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Posted - 10/04/2005 :  11:25:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
keep in mind that when you backup to a remote share you will not be able to browse to that share in Enterprise Manager to pick out a file when you attempt a restore. You will have to manually key in the path and file name for the restore.

This is not a big issue, just something to keep in mind. I suggest you do a couple of practice runs with backups/restores to familiarize yourself with the procedure.

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Posted - 10/04/2005 :  14:22:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Perhaps consider using a Compressed Folder to store the backups on the machine itself? IME that saves about 50% of the disk space, and I have never had a problem with BACKUPS on compressed volume (there are some reports of problems, but I think they are very few and far between)

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Posted - 10/05/2005 :  18:50:04  Show Profile  Visit bakerjon's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Backing up to a remote share over the network will also take significantly longer the writing to a local disk. If the database is of any size at all, this might not be a good idea. I'm not saying don't do it, but you might want to test heavily as suggested above. Also, SQLLiteSpeed is cheap...

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Posted - 10/05/2005 :  22:17:00  Show Profile  Send jen a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
how about considering a local tape drive?

keeping it simple...
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