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What are the best options to secure backups without using third part tools ?


What are the best options to secure backups without using third part tools ?

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Experts,

What are the best options to secure backups without using third part tools ?

I am able to think of the below options.

Keep in disks/tapes at remote locations.
Secure with password (I don't see this option in SSMS though w00t ).

Anything else ?


Thanks in advance.
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Joy Smith San (9/23/2012)
Experts,

What are the best options to secure backups without using third part tools ?

I am able to think of the below options.

Keep in disks/tapes at remote locations.
Secure with password (I don't see this option in SSMS though w00t ).

Anything else ?


Thanks in advance.






Zip it with a password.

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Thanks Jeff.

Keeping at remote locations and securing with password are the only options ?

Thanks again.
San
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Upgrade to SQL 2008 and use TDE on the database (Enterprise edition only). Otherwise 3rd party tool of some form (backup tool, password protected archiver, etc)

The password on SQL backups is not secure, books online does make that point.


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Joy Smith San (9/24/2012)
Thanks Jeff.

Keeping at remote locations and securing with password are the only options ?

Thanks again.
San


No. The only reason why I suggested what I did was because it's free, relatively easy, and offers good security. When you said that you wanted to avoid 3rd party tools, I suspected that the word "free" was an important factor.

Like Gail said, you could use TDE but study the ramifications of that carefully before you do it.

As she also said, securing it through an SQL Password isn't the right thing to do.

--Jeff Moden

RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
Although they tell us that they want it real bad, our primary goal is to ensure that we dont actually give it to them that way.
Although change is inevitable, change for the better is not.
Just because you can do something in PowerShell, doesnt mean you should. Wink

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