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Log file backup growth (how long's a piece of string...)


Log file backup growth (how long's a piece of string...)

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Yes. You're appending the log backups all to the same file. Hence each time you take a log backup, the file gets bigger by the size of the log backup that just ran.

Not a good idea. Write your backup statement so that each time the backup runs it backs up to a new file, easiest way is to stamp the date and time into the file name.

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Beatrix Kiddo (9/16/2013)
When I run that I get 7 rows back. Is that the sort of thing you suspected?

Thanks


Yep. It's as Gail says.

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Brilliant, thank you. I must confess I woke up in the middle of the night and that exact thought popped into my brain. I'm just run so ragged at the moment I'm making stupid mistakes.

Thanks very much.
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maintain your hourly backup in different files.

And size do depend on the transactions that is going in intermediate hour. :-)

and rest, the masters (like Gail,, grant Etc. )have themselves provided some great explanations. Follow Them.
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[b]Write your backup statement so that each time the backup runs it backs up to a new file, easiest way is to stamp the date and time into the file name.


Me again. I'm trying to take this advice, and timestamp my backup files.

I did a search and found some help on this site here.

But my own version of it (below) brings back an error message.


declare @backupfile nvarchar(2000)

set @backupfile = N'E:\path\databasename_LOG_BACKUP_' + replace(convert(nvarchar(50), getdate(), 120), ' ',':') + N'.trn'

BACKUP LOG [databasename] TO DISK = @backupfile



The error message:

Msg 3201, Level 16, State 1, Line 6
Cannot open backup device 'E:\path\databasename_LOG_BACKUP_2013-09-18:13:04:40.trn'. Operating system error 123(failed to retrieve text for this error. Reason: 15105).
Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 6
BACKUP LOG is terminating abnormally.


Googling suggests that this is a permissions issue, but I can backup to E:\path\databasename_LOG_BACKUP etc. using the GUI, so does that mean it's not a permissions issue?

(I also thought it might be a space issue but there is absolutely tons of space on the E drive.)

Thanks again.
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... also the SQL Server Service Account is in the Administrators' group on the server.
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Beatrix Kiddo (9/18/2013)
... also the SQL Server Service Account is in the Administrators' group on the server.


The Agent can be running under a different account. Check that.

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Thanks- I did check that, sorry not to be clear!

Ok, when I comment out

+ replace(convert(nvarchar(50), getdate(), 120), ' ',':') + N'.trn'



it works. Huh?
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Ok, I changed it to
+ REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(CONVERT(varchar,GETDATE(), 20),'-',''),':',''),' ','') + '.

(also on that thread I linked to)

instead, and now it works Cool. So I will have a series of smallish log backup files, rather than one continually growing one, is that right?
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