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Koen Verbeeck (7/20/2012)
I like the intent of the question, but alas poorly executed.


Agreed.
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But someone from the moderator's team should have checked this before posting Smile

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This implies two things:
1. Any open transaction before full DB backup READ but not committed or rollbacked will be included in the full backup. [It sounds strange to me as ideally backups should not have consider any open transaction]
2. New transaction which is opened after full DB backup READ starts, which is also not committed or rolled back even after full DB backup READ ends, should not be included in the backup. [Which looks ok to me]

Could someone help me with the first point ?
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WayneS (7/19/2012)
The full backup will also contain the uncommitted transactions from transaction 4 at the time that the backup finishes. If a restore is necessary, the UNDO portion of the restore will roll back those transactions. Therefore, the full backup will contain transactions from all four of the transactions.

A small error in the question: transaction 1 never is committed, and transaction 2 is committed twice (which can't happen). Obviously, one of those transaction 2 commits is for transaction 1.


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Wow, interesting. I'd been under the false impression that the full backup used an internal snapshot to capture the state of the database at the time the backup started. I'm intrigued that that is not the case, and changes to pages made after the backup has read the page are captured from the log at the end of the backup process. This seems a bit awkward to me, as it makes the point in time of the backup a bit fuzzy depending on how long it takes to process.
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A full backup contains enough of the transaction log so the database can be made consistent on restore. The way the question is worded transaction 4 commits before the end of the backup so would be included in the backup.

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Koen Verbeeck (7/20/2012)
I like the intent of the question, but alas poorly executed.


Agreed +1

the hard part was with the execution being done so poorly, making sure of the intent of the question became much harder.



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I should apologize. I read the silly thing several times unfortunately I missed the fact that I failed to commit transaction 1 at all. To much copy and paste I guess. Obviously I need to read it a few more times next time.

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I just focussed on the last three lines and counted the 'begins' and 'commits': 4 begin, 3 commit and only the transaction 4 had been commit after the backup reading process...
12:18 AM - Full backup data reading of QotDDatabase ends
12:19 AM - Transaction 4 on QotDDatabase commits
12:20 AM - Full backup of QotDDatabase ends
Nice and simple logic...

Thanks!
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