Sql dumps

How do I configure MS-SQL 7.0 to do daily dumps so my backups can be done on the dumps and what are the main advantages of dumps?
ChrisN061901Asked:
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nigelrivettCommented:
What do you mean by a dump?
dump was the 6.5 command to do a backup - in v7 it is replaced by backup.

I would just schedule a job to do a backup (and I wouldn't use the maintenance utility).

backup database dbname to disk = 'd:\...' with init

look in bol for the options.
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cordobaIT ManagerCommented:
Hi,

Using SQL7, here is how you may proceed :

1 - Create a Backup device whith a *.DMP extension
2 - Create a new job whith 1 step
    Ex : BACKUP DATABASE [DB_NAME] TO [DEVICE_NAME] WITH   INIT ,  NOUNLOAD ,  NAME = N'DB_NAME backup',  NOSKIP ,  STATS = 10,  NOFORMAT
3 - Schedule this job whenever you want it to run
4 - Each time this backup will be launched it'd replace the old one.

The advantages of dump files :

They are easy to BACKUP, I mean using software like Arcserve, Veritas and so on, because not all these software manage to backup SQL database properly.

Easy to use, you don't have to call your general backup expert to restore a database, you may use the D-1 dump already on disk.

Easy to transfer : If you want to send 10 tables of a 1000 table database without using internet, you may create/restore a new database, drop all the unnecessary tables, do a dump file (backup) and compress (zip or rar) the *.DMP file so that the 10 tables would fit a CD or whatever...


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ChrisN061901Author Commented:
Excellent answer. Very precise
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