Backing up SQL Express with batch file and SQL procedure.

  • I have a procedure to back up a SQL Express database.  It works when used SSMS.  I created this and saved as SQLExpressBackup.sql

    BACKUP DATABASE [Backup_test] TO DISK = N'C:\DBbackups\Backup_test.bak'

    WITH NOFORMAT, INIT, NAME = N'MyDataBase1 Backup', SKIP, NOREWIND, NOUNLOAD, STATS = 10

    It is stored in a folder on C:\SQLScripts

    I have tried using the following batch file to run the code and it doesn't work.

    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\Client SDK\ODBC\170\Tools\Binn\SQLCMD.EXE" -S

    PSV063UWX25\Madison_BU -i "C:\SQLScripts\SQLExpressBackups.sql"

    I then altered the code to the following:

    ECHO Executing Job

    ECHO.

    Pause

    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\Client SDK\ODBC\170\Tools\Binn\SQLCMD.EXE" -S

    PSV063UWX25\Madison_BU -i "C:\SQLScripts\SQLExpressBackups.sql"

    ECHO Job execution completed

    pause

    cls

    exit

    This also fails but it does return some information.  The first is a missing argument and second it can't find the path.

    I am looking for any help that can be provided to backup this database using windows scheduled task.  What argument is missing and why can't the path be found? The second attachment show the file structure on C.

     

    Thank you

     

     

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  • it needs to be all in same line - based on your output you have the sqlcmd in one line then the server name on a new line.

  • You could use a scheduled task to run this Powershell script

    ( save it as e.g. C:\Powershell\SQLServer_Backup_Full.ps1 )

    <#
    Create sqlserver backup for all databases of the local default instance

    Johan Bijnens 2014-06-17
    #>
    clear-host


    if ( !(get-module sqlps) ) {
    push-location

    Import-Module -name sqlps -DisableNameChecking

    pop-location
    }

    $CurrentYYMMDD = get-date -Format 'yyyyMMdd_HHmm';

    Write-output $('{0} Backups Starting [{1}*]' -f ( get-date -Format 'yyyyMMdd_HHmmss' ), $CurrentYYMMDD ) ;

    Set-Location SQLSERVER:\sql\$env:computername\default\Databases

    foreach ($db in (get-childitem -force | where name -notin ('tempdb','model') | sort database_id -descending ))
    {

    if ( $db.Status -in [Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.DatabaseStatus]::Normal, [Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.DatabaseStatus]::AutoClosed ) {
    $DbName = $db.Name ;
    if ( $db.RecoveryModel -ne [Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.RecoveryModel]::Simple ){
    Backup-SqlDatabase -Database $DbName -BackupAction Log -BackupFile $('<LocalPath>\Backup\{0}_{1}Log.bak' -f $CurrentYYMMDD, $DbName ) ; # niet voor ExpressEdtn -CompressionOption On ;

    }

    Backup-SqlDatabase -Database $DbName -BackupAction Database -BackupFile $('<LocalPath>\Backup\{0}_{1}FULL.bak' -f $CurrentYYMMDD, $DbName ) -Initialize ; # niet voor ExpressEdtn -CompressionOption On ;
    }
    else {
    write-verbose $('{0} Backup [{1}] skipped -> status [{2}]' -f ( get-date -Format 'yyyyMMdd_HHmmss' ), $DbName, $db.Status ) ;
    }
    }

    Write-output $('{0} Backups finised' -f ( get-date -Format 'yyyyMMdd_HHmmss' ) ) ;

    $Copy2SafeZone = $true ;
    #$Copy2SafeZone = $false ;
    $CleanupBakFiles = $true ;

    if ( $Copy2SafeZone -eq $true ) {

    Set-Location '<LocalPath>\Backup' ;
    $TargetFolder = $('\\<YourSafeZone>\ShareName$\{0}\Database\' -f $env:computername )
    remove-item "$TargetFolder*.bak" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue ;
    # copy to safezone
    XCOPY "<LocalPath>\Backup\$CurrentYYMMDD*.bak" $TargetFolder /c /k /h /v /y

    Write-output $('{0} Copy to Safezone finised' -f ( get-date -Format 'yyyyMMdd_HHmmss' ) ) ;


    if ( $CleanupBakFiles -eq $true ) {
    $TsRef = ( get-date ).AddDays( -1 )
    Get-ChildItem *.bak | where LastWriteTime -lt $TsRef | Remove-Item -Force ;
    }

    }


    Write-output $('{0} The end' -f ( get-date -Format 'yyyyMMdd_HHmmss' ) ) ;



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  • Thank you.  I figured it was something simple I just wasn't seeing.  Thanks again

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