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Posted Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:57 PM
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Hi

I am looking for software that will do compression on MS SQL data files. I had a look at Red-Gate and it does do the job but it is not recommended for production databases. Is there any software out there that is certified for production databases? Is there any suggestions on other software that I can look at?

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Why do you want to compress your database? Running out of space on the drives? Can you not get additional storeage or move things about, add new data files etc.

Compressing files is not a recommended practise and I am not aware of any software which will do it for you.

That being said, if you have Enterprise edion of SQL you can compress data from within the database.




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Thanks for the reply. Yes storage is a problem and extra storage will not be added (Do not know why). Second prize will be software that can create snapshots that is writable. This will at lease reduce dev, test... enviroment requirements. Red-Gate does this from backups but takes a long time to restore the virtual database.

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You can't create a writeable snapshots as that defies the meaning and the way that snapshots work.

You will want to either archive data or look at using something like SQL Storage Compress or SQL Virtual Restore from Red-Gate, unsure if other vendors have tools like them.

Now which is the lesser of two evils, purchasing more storage or purchasing software?




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Hi

Personally I go for more storage but the higher powers have made up there minds so I am stuck with this. Thanks for the replies. Will use either red-gate or Delphix for the dev,test,qa.... enviroments.


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Just keep pushing for more storage, sooner of later it will cause an issue on production and they will be forced to turn their hand.

I was in a similar position, create alerts to fire every 5 minutes to check file usage and disk free space, they eventually saw sence when their mail boxes filled up with alerts.




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HAHA

Will try that.


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