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James is currently a Senior Business Intelligence Architect/Developer and has over 20 years of IT experience. James started his career as a software developer, then became a DBA 12 years ago, and for the last five years he has been working extensively with Business Intelligence using the SQL Server BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS). James has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning has helped James to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. James has earned the MCITP Business Developer 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2008, and MCITP Database Developer 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His blog is at .

SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”): Database Recovery Advisor

Database Recovery Advisor is a new feature in SQL Server 2012 that introduces significant user experience enhancements to the ways DBAs can now restore databases using SQL Server Management Studio:

  • An enhancement for point in time recovery using a new visual timeline feature, which consists of a Backup Timeline graphical display that presents the backup history of the database and the available points in time to which the user can restore the database.  Currently the only way to do this is through T-SQL.
  • Algorithms to streamline identifying the right sets of backup media to get the database back to a specific point in time.  You will be able to build a restore plan for you based on available backup files (database, log, etc.) in a folder even if you don’t have any msdb backup history.  It can also handle split backups.
  • The ability to restore corrupt pages via a Restore Page dialog box instead of using T-SQL.

More info:

Point in Time Recovery Using New Timeline Feature in SQL Server 2012

SQL Server Denali: New Backup/Restore Options

SQL Server 2012: Page restore from the SSMS UI

Recovery Advisor: An Introduction

Recovery Advisor: Using SSMS to create/restore split backups

GUI Enhancements to SQL Server 2012: SQL Denali’s Page Level Restore

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