In this article, we will address things that will serve as important pointers don’t want to forget while backing up your SQL server.
Backup is like a disaster plan, which shields the organization from any miscellaneous calamities. However, it is important that the user is able to come up with an effective disaster plan and is also able to implement it properly. System administration strategy is one of the most important priorities for all businesses, as it protects the organization against the threat of losing data, due to hardware failure, network intrusions, human error and natural catastrophes etc. Losing crucial data is a big nightmare for all businesses, and to get some relief from this tension, companies create backups, to protect and preserve their data. However, this plan B can also fail, if it is not done properly. Here are few tips that will help users in creating effective working backups.
Things to Keep in Mind when Backing Up SQL Data
1: Always ensure to create backups after business hours. Note that during backups users won’t be able to access their database as these operations often create IO activities.
2: Users can also create a backup of their data on a different drive, to attain maximum IO efficiency from their database.
3: Ensure to check the backup status every hour, to ensure that it hasn’t failed. In case your backup generation has failed, you should try to fix it immediately to avoid any further damage.
4: Also before starting the backup or in case of failure, check the Database Properties and its Recovery model settings to make sure that they are set based on your business needs.
5: Make frequent log backups, to prevent your log files from growing too big, and taking too much space on your system, which can eventually result in poor performance.
6: Maintain and set organizational frequencies of your SQL database backup. (Example: Full Backup – Daily, Log Backup – After every 10 minutes, Differential Backup – Every Hour)
7: This is one of the most important advices, which users should implement in their business, but it is often seen as a waste of time. Make it a habit starting today; to always test your SQL database backups in a test environment by restoring it, to ensure that your precious data is safe and sound.
All these are the basic pointers that users should keep in check while creating a backup, especially the seventh point. We often see that most organizations follow-up to the first 6 points, but run away from the seventh point, when it should be a priority to avoid the risk of generating a corrupt SQL Server database. Most organizational disasters usually happen due to this. Usually, by the time users require the data, and run a restoration, it gets too late for him/her to recover the backup or generate a new backup file.
Other important factors that users can use while backing up their SQL data is to use all available backup and recovery settings and verification options, provided by SQL server to ensure that they meet all their business needs.
Victor Simon is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair mdb and sql recovery software products. For more information visit https://www.datanumen.com/