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Posted Friday, April 30, 2010 12:57 PM


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I replied "No" because I would restore to the point of time when restored the last log backup.
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Posted Friday, April 30, 2010 2:31 PM
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Good learn question for me Lynn.

I got it wrong because I analysted it to much and now hind sight is always better than foresight.

I figured the Wednesday 8AM Differential should be the one to use as it was the last differntial but if you used it you would miss all transactions from the 4PM Tuesday difference until the 6PM Tuesday Full becasue the Wednesday differentials use the Tuesday 6PM Full as a starting point.

Thanks for the excellent QotD Lynn.
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Posted Friday, April 30, 2010 3:00 PM


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Shriniket (4/30/2010)
Lynn Pettis (4/30/2010)... With that said, it is a matter of interpration based on context. ...


I think that says it, maybe this could have been a trick question where latest differential did mean Wed 8am which would question one's knowledge of how back ups work ... any how ... please don't apologize, very good question and makes for interesting conversation


Actually, I was trying to be a bit sarcastic with the apology, guess that didn't translate very well in the written word. The way I said it as I typed it, that is another story.

Thank you for the feedback and I am glad you thought the question was a good one.



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Posted Friday, April 30, 2010 4:35 PM
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Lynn, very good question - I got it right mostly because I have been harping on the same thing that you have :)

For those interested, the other option for restoring to a point in time would be:

1) Restore full backup from Monday with norecovery
2) Restore all transaction log backups from Monday to 9am Wednesday with norecovery
3) Restore tail log backup with recovery

Or, restore any differential taken before the Tuesday night full and after the Monday night full, and then restore all transaction log backups to the point in time you want.

The important thing here is that you have an unbroken log chain (transaction log backups). As long as you have that, you can restore from any full backup.




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I misread the question. Got the point only after looking at some posts

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Posted Wednesday, May 5, 2010 7:06 PM
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I got it WRONG

But i love this part of your reply to "awoodhouse"


Wrong, you have to use the most recent differential backup based on the full backup file you are restoring, not just the most recent differential taken. Remember the full backup starts the base for subsequent differential backups.
--Lynn Pettis


Coz i was thinking in this lines....
I was scratching my head thinking that Latest Diff Back up is on Wed Morning @ 8 AM

Awesome..


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I am looking for such tricky questions in the DBA Track..






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Posted Friday, May 7, 2010 8:02 AM
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Hi all, I don't typically comment on these questions but I must chime in on this one. I agree with those who think this answer is incorrect. Based on Microsoft's own definition of a Differential backup: A backup of all files in the database. This backup contains only the data extents that were modified since the most recent database backup of each file.", there is no way that restoring Tuesday's differential would allow you to have the ability to successfully complete the point in time restore. I have done a LOT of restores and have even had to in an emergency situation but I have never considered or performed this type of restore; but I will.
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Posted Friday, July 23, 2010 1:03 AM
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The answer would be 'YES' here as FULL BACKUP Of Tuesday is curropt and following differential backups will capture the extents changed since last full backup.I got traped in the question.
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I misread the question too...when I got my answer incorrect, I went back and re-read and I was like "Stupid me". Anyway, after all, good question.
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