Restore in Enterprise Manager slow to initialize due to excessive old backups.

Posted on 2005-03-24
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Last Modified: 2013-12-03
I am using SQL Server 2000.  I have been doing a full daily backup for over a year now.  I have the backup job set to delete any old backup files over 7 days old.  When I open the restore database and pick the database I want fo restore from it can take 5 minutes before I can even select the correct date.  Even though the backup files no longer exist the drop down for dates goes all the way back. Is there a way to fix this?
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Take a look at the stored proc sp_delete_backuphistory  even though you delete the actual backup files, the history is maintained in MSDB.

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(this proc must be ran from the MSDB database)

Example from books online:

This example deletes all entries older than August 20, 1998, 12:00 A.M., in the backup and restore history tables.

USE msdb
EXEC sp_delete_backuphistory '08/20/98'


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