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Should I backup more than the database(s) on a server?


Should I backup more than the database(s) on a server?

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Grant Fritchey (3/23/2013)
In addition to backups, if you're developing the databases, I'd get the source for the structures and code into a source control management system. I'm pretty sure there ways to do that with SSIS packages too.


What steps or how do I go about creating a "source control management system"? I have no buget to purchase one.
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In addition to backups, if you're developing the databases, I'd get the source for the structures and code into a source control management system. I'm pretty sure there ways to do that with SSIS packages too.


What steps or how do I go about creating a "source control management system"? I have no buget to purchase one.


There are free ones online such as SVN. If you have an MSDN license, you already have on in Team Foundation Services.

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Grant Fritchey (3/23/2013)
In addition to backups, if you're developing the databases, I'd get the source for the structures and code into a source control management system. I'm pretty sure there ways to do that with SSIS packages too.


What steps or how do I go about creating a "source control management system"? I have no buget to purchase one.


There are free ones online such as SVN. If you have an MSDN license, you already have on in Team Foundation Services.


Thanks, I'll look into those.
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SQLKnowItAll (3/22/2013)
Our SE team takes snapshots/images of the server itself for this purpose. Although, we store our SSIS packages in MSDB, so those are protected by MSDB backups.


I would be careful about recovering SSIS packages from MSDB. If that system crashed and you build a new system that is not the exact same version you could have problems.

Besides, there are several source control systems available where you really should be managing these kinds of objects. SSIS packages are basically code - so a code repository would be the best solution, in my opinion.

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