I am looking at the file / filegroup level backup and recovery options within SQL Server and I'm struggling with the following concept.
Books online assures me that it is possible to perform a file restore whilst the database is in the simple recovery model.
So I have set up a database with two separate file groups, a read/write primary and a read only "secondary". Each filegroup has 2 underlying data files.
I have then created a "live" customers tables within the primary filegroup and assigned my existing "archive" customers tables within the secondary filegroup.
If I try to perform a file or filegroup level backup within management studio, those options are greyed out. I can only perform a database backup.
If I switch back to the full recovery model, the options are no longer greyed out.
So my question is this, is file level backup and recovery actually supported in the simple user model, do you have to perform this task outside of management studio, or (as is likely) am I missing something crucial?
Any help that this community can provide would be gratefully received. Please let me know if you need any further info.