Backup SQL Database

Let us see the step by step approach to backup SQL Database using the Management Studio and transact Query. For this Backup SQL Database demonstration, we are going to use the Adventure Works database.

Before we start performing the SQL Server backup, let me show you the actual size of a database. For this, right-click on the SQL Server Adventure Works Database, and select the properties.

Choose Database Properties option from Menu 2

It is 207.25 MB. Use this properties window to check the Permissions as well.

Go to the Database Properties window general tab to view size 3

Or you can use this Stored Procedure to check the database size.

USE [AdventureWorks2014]
GO
EXEC sp_spaceused;
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Backup SQL Database using transact query

The following SQL examples will help you understand the steps involved in creating database backup files to file system using the transact queries.

Backup Database to Default Location

This example will create a backup file to the file system at the default location. And the location is C:\Program Files\ Microsoft …..\Backup. Here, the path may be different for you. It all depends upon the Version and installed location

BACKUP DATABASE AdventureWorks2014
     TO DISK = 'AdventureWorks2014Dup3.bak'
GO
Processed 24328 pages for database 'AdventureWorks2014', file 'AdventureWorks2014_Data' on file 1.
Processed 2 pages for database 'AdventureWorks2014', file 'AdventureWorks2014_Log' on file 1.
BACKUP DATABASE successfully processed 24330 pages in 6.411 seconds (29.647 MB/sec).

See the file

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Backup SQL Database to Custom Location

This example will create a backup file to the file system. Here we are going to use the custom location. Please change the location as per your requirements.

BACKUP DATABASE AdventureWorks2014
     TO DISK = 'D:\1 BACKUPS\AdventureWorks2014Dup4.bak'
GO
Processed 24328 pages for database 'AdventureWorks2014', file 'AdventureWorks2014_Data' on file 1.
Processed 2 pages for database 'AdventureWorks2014', file 'AdventureWorks2014_Log' on file 1.
BACKUP DATABASE successfully processed 24330 pages in 7.658 seconds (24.819 MB/sec).

See the file in the D folder.

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Differential Backup Database to Custom Location

This example will create a differential backup of SQL database, and save that bak to the file system custom location.

BACKUP DATABASE AdventureWorks2014
     TO DISK = 'D:\1 BACKUPS\AdventureWorks2014_Differential.bak'
GO
Processed 40 pages for database 'AdventureWorks2014', file 'AdventureWorks2014_Data' on file 1.
Processed 1 pages for database 'AdventureWorks2014', file 'AdventureWorks2014_Log' on file 1.
BACKUP DATABASE WITH DIFFERENTIAL successfully processed 41 pages in 0.197 seconds (1.625 MB/sec).

See the differential backup database file in the D folder.

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Backup SQL Database using Management Studio

To backup the SQL database, right-click on the Adventure Works, select the Tasks option, and then select the Back Up.. option.

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Once you select the Back Up.. option, a new window called Back Up database will open.

Database: You can use the drop-down list to change the Database that you want to backup at any point in time.

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Type: There are two types of SQL Database Backups, and they are Full and Differential. For now, we are selecting the Full.

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Back up to: This property has two options: Disk and URL. It means you can save the bak file in either URL (Company Websites), or DISK. For now, we are leaving the default Disk.

As you can see, SSMS automatically provided the default path as the location to save the bak file. You can use Add, Remove buttons to add a new path and remove the existing path. First, let me remove the default path by selecting the path and clicking the Remove button.

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To add a new path, please click on the Add button. By clicking that button, a new window will open. By default, it is pointing to the default Backup path. Click on the … button to change the destination location

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We are selecting the D drive -> 1 BACKUPS Folder -> AdventureWorks2014Dup as the file name

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Please cross-check all the fields before we proceed to the next tab.

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Media Options: Under the Overwrite media section, please change the back up to the existing media set option from Append to the existing set to overwrite all existing backups.

Choose Override all existing backup sets as the media option 13

Options: Use this tab, to set the expiry date and time, or to encrypt the bak with custom certificates. If your database size is huge, please select the Compress backup option.

Set Backup compression to default 15

Please click OK to create.

Backup of Adventure works completed successfully message 16

Let me open the folder to see the bak file.

View database bak file in the local file file system 17

Create an Encrypt Backup of SQL Database

First, let me change the Destination folder, and file name to AdventureWorks2014Dup2

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Media Options: To create an encrypted Database backup in SQL Server, you have to select the Back up to a new media set and erase all existing sets option.

  • New Media set name: Name of the bak file.
  • New media set description: A valid description.
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Options: Under the Algorithm property, you can select the Algorithm. We are choosing the AES 256 algorithm

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Currently, we don’t have certificates; that’s why it is showing empty. But in real-time you might have few certificates to select. Next, click OK to close the backup sql database window.

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