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Production Server DB backup Restored on Development Server Backup


Production Server DB backup Restored on Development Server Backup

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Hi there . I have an Interesting Question to anyone that might help.

We have a production server running at a remote site. We would like to restore Transactional backups from the production server to the Development Server Database every night so that the data on the Development server is the same as the Production server . We use the Development backup mostly for queries and support for any inquiries from users and want to Limit access to the Production server

If anybody could possible direct me in the right direction I would be most grateful.
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Restore the full backup WITH Standby. That way the database is readable (but readonly) and you can restore additional logs.

This sounds like a reporting requirement, not a development environment. In many cases production data MUST NOT be available in development due to confidentiality and privacy concerns.


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bothaellen (10/27/2010)
We have a production server running at a remote site. We would like to restore Transactional backups from the production server to the Development Server Database every night so that the data on the Development server is the same as the Production server .


You're talking about log shipping. There's a good description of it in BOL and tons of articles on the web. Also check out "Database Mirroring and Log Shipping" in BOL to see if mirroring might better fit your needs.

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I'm probably veering a bit off topic, but if you only need a subset of Production for reporting, replication is an option. This can be useful to bring over only what you need, and omit sensitive data.



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Yeah I think that would be the best way ... Thanks for all the help guys . I really do appreciate very much
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The problem with log shipping is the exclusive access during the restore of the log. Since this is a DEV server, developers would get disconnected every time there is a log restore. This may/may not be acceptable.

Replication may not work so well if developers are changing the schema.

That said, it does sound more like a reporting server than a development server.

Steve



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