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Posted - 04/19/2007 :  03:41:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've recently created a maintenance plan, which backs up my database and transaction log. However I also have a Veritas (Backup Exec for Windows Servers) tape backup which runs at night and backs up my files. It is setup to backup the whole of my MSSQL DATA and BACKUP folders.

Today I went to do a test restore, and found that the tape backup contained nothing in the MSSQL DATA folder, but everything that was in the BACKUP folder. Is this because everything in the DATA folder is in an open state? On checking back, the tape backup has never held anything in the DATA folder. Should I be worried by this, or is it what you would expect, and is the SQL backup sufficient?

Thanks for any advice


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Posted - 04/19/2007 :  06:45:58  Show Profile  Visit SatyaSKJ's Homepage  Send SatyaSKJ a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Have you checked the job history for this DB Maint.plan that backs up the database and log. If the job is not running then there will not be any files to backup from veritas client too. If you have enabled the job ensure the SQLagent is started at that time.

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Posted - 04/19/2007 :  07:11:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"is the SQL backup sufficient?"

Yes, and any backup of the MSSQL DATA folder would almost certainly be useless - if SQL Server service was running at the time the backup was made.

It would be better to exclude the MSSQL DATA folder from your tape backup - it may well be spending a long time trying to backup the files!

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