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SQL Agent Questions

Created: 16 Jan 2014 • Updated: 24 Jan 2014 | 6 comments
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Hi all,

We have recently started testing the NBU SQL DB agent with some very encouraging results so far. However, I still have a couple of questions that I was hoping some of you might be able to answer as I haven't been able to find a definitive answer elsewhere:

  • Is it possible to redirect a SQL DB restore? Does the restore have to be to the original database, or can it be restored to an alternate database / location?
  • What happens to a scheduled transaction log backup if it is initiated while a full database backup is still running? I'm guessing it is best practice to set up the start windows so that this is unlikely to happen, but if a full backup takes longer than expected I'm curious to know if NetBackup will queue the transaction log job or if this could potentially cause some issues on the SQL side of things. I have tried to test this myself, but the performance has been so good while the backup environment is quiet that I've struggled to get the jobs to clash by manually initiating them!
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Will Restore's picture

first one is easy: see the Symantec NetBackup™ for Microsoft SQL Server Administrator's Guide for details

The database move redirects the restore of a SQL Server database to a different
location. The new location can be a different instance on the same host, a different
host, or a different file path. The move operation also lets you restore the database
under a different name than the original one.

second one is better asked on Microsoft forum

Will Restore -- where there is a Will there is a way

lu's picture

It's better to avoid a full+log backups situation, bad things can happen :-)

Marianne's picture

1. Perfectly supported. Steps are described in NetBackup for Microsoft SQL Server Administrator's Guide  

2. Specify both scripts in the same policy. First script (Full backup) will complete before 2nd (Transaction log) script starts.

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Shaun Taylor's picture

Thanks for the info, much appreciated.

Marianne, your suggestion of having both scripts in one policy would be ideal, but would that mean I couldn't do nightly full backups and hourly transaction logs due to the schedule configuration?

Marianne's picture

You can have 2 policies - One for nightly backups as per my suggestion above with night-time backup window.
One for daily log backups that only includes log backup script with day-time backup window.

Or else only database backup script in night-time window, and another log backup policy that will only have open window during day time. You should carefully monitor database backup to know more or less when database backups end, and then only open log backup window when you know that database backups are done.

Most of our customers have day-time schedules for log backups with a Frequency of 1 hour.

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
Handy NBU Links