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How to archive a database


How to archive a database

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Raymond van Laake
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Hey,

Each of my customers has his own database. Sometimes a customer quits. When that happens, I want to archive that database. My idea is:

1) Make a full backup to "\\backupserver\final_backups\FINAL_BACKUP_CUSTOMERNAME.BAK"
2) Detach the database "DBCUSTOMER"
3) Delete the files DBCUSTOMER.MDF and DBCUSTOMER_LOG.LDF

Is this the way to go? And if so, how do I do step 3 with T-SQL?

Thanks,
Raymond
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Why not just drop the database after you have backed it up?



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That simple eh...

Thanks!

Raymond
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Just a thought, I would also keep and stash away a copy of the associated logins scripted out using the sp_help_revlogin procedure. That way, you can reinstall the database on another server if needed, and it will keep the same security ID's for the logins, and any SQL Authentication passwords.
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