Performing database restores is one of a database administrator’s (DBA’s) most impactful activities. When called upon to restore a mission-critical SQL Server database, a DBA needs to be confident in their tools and procedures so they can complete the recovery quickly, minimizing system downtime.
SQL Server database support teams may have to restore systems in a variety of scheduled and unscheduled situations. These scenarios include:
Restores that address outages or malware attacks can be required at any time. Teams need to be ready to act promptly to avoid availability issues that impact the business.
The time to streamline recovery procedures is during testing and when working with test systems. This way, when a real disaster occurs, the staff knows what to do and can move quickly to minimize the damage.
The ability of support teams to perform a database recovery requires the availability of a valid system backup. In most cases, a single software tool is used for creating the backups and restoring data from them. Using the right backup and recovery application can make the job of protecting enterprise data resources much easier.
The importance of reliable backups is often not appreciated until disaster strikes. At that point, it’s too late to implement robust backup procedures and a lack of backups can be devastating for a business. The protection afforded by a comprehensive backup policy and procedures needs to be in place before restores are performed.
Fortunately, SQL Safe Backup offers teams a dedicated tool for backing up and restoring SQL Server databases. Let’s take a look at the application’s features that make it an excellent choice for backing up your SQL Server environment.
With a reliable backup strategy in place, DBAs can be confident that they will have the necessary materials to perform a recovery when necessary. SQL Safe Backup provides multiple advanced recovery techniques to help get systems up and operational quickly and minimizing the effects of the outage.
A short video that presents a hands-on demonstration of the advanced restore capabilities of SQL Safe Backup is available on the IDERA website. It provides an overview of the application to help DBAs become more familiar with the tool before having to use it for a live restore under pressurized circumstances.
Becoming familiar with your recovery tool is essential for database support teams. Practicing during disaster recovery tests or simply on available machines in the environment will pay real dividends when a real disaster strikes. The experience gained will enable you to rapidly recover the systems with a minimal amount of stress.
There’s no better way for a DBA to shine than to save the day with a speedy and successful database restore.
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