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Transaction Log Backup Failures


Transaction Log Backup Failures

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A question came up today on log backup failures. We run log backups hourly. On occasion, the backups fail (no one has sent me a copy of the failure reason). If a log backup fails, does the next log backup capture the missed hour, or is that one lost? Does anyone have a reference in BOL or MS? I haven't found a reference yet.
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have you set up a differential backup, if not, then this is the time just set it up so even if ur transaction log back up fails u just have a differential back up.

And why don't u create a job alter for ur self so no one has to tell anything to u , if something fails then u will be notified by mail.
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If I may add a sub-question...

We backup our tlogs every 20 minutes, when the job fails (reason unimportant) we are notified via email/txt. Has anyone executed a scripted job to notify after a second failed job rather than the initial failure? Being that we backup every 20 minutes, we generally watch to see if the next backup succeeds and if so all is well, so to speak.
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zombi (5/22/2008)
have you set up a differential backup, if not, then this is the time just set it up so even if ur transaction log back up fails u just have a differential back up.

And why don't u create a job alter for ur self so no one has to tell anything to u , if something fails then u will be notified by mail.


I realize this response if 5 years old but there's no need for a differential backup just because of a single hourly log backup failure. The successful log backup after such a failure will contain all of the information for both hours.

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mdm72 (5/24/2013)
If I may add a sub-question...

We backup our tlogs every 20 minutes, when the job fails (reason unimportant) we are notified via email/txt. Has anyone executed a scripted job to notify after a second failed job rather than the initial failure? Being that we backup every 20 minutes, we generally watch to see if the next backup succeeds and if so all is well, so to speak.


Is it actually worth trying to do such a thing? You do get notified twice within 20 minutes and, personally, I want to be notified of all such failures. I check the reason on the first failure because it's not always something that will all then next cycle to be successful.

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