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Automatically Restoring from Production

By Ryan,

Came across a great script from Ken Kaufman on copying backups using xp_cmdshell.  Thought I'd contribute a script I wrote that builds on that to restore the latest production backup to a testing or development server. 

In this case I routinely create all my production backups to a network share and then use that source to restore the database in on my beta server.  this way I ensure all the data as well as the schema are exact mirrors.  Last step I do is to update permissions between the two copies.

If anyone has any comments or suggestions please let me know.  Scripting it this way proved to be a blessing since it was just about impossible to keep the changes to schema objects in sync on my development server, and manually determining which backup to restore was always a manual process.

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