How to create a SQL backup Server

I have one SQL2000 server and I want to make sure that if it goes down, I have a backup Server I can use immediately.  Is this possible?  If so how?  Unfortunately, I have very little SQL knowledge.

Thanks J.R.
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dglenpCommented:
J.R.,

First thing to do is set up a second SQL server machine configured like the first server to use as a backup.  Then, in the event of a failure, you can either restore a backup of the database(s) to the backup server or, if by "immediately" you really mean within seconds, then you might look at automatically replicating data between the two servers on a schedule that fits your requirements.  Another option is to cluster multiple servers.  You say you have little knowledge, so know that replication and clustering are advanced features.

As a starting point, there is information in Books online about replication.

For what it's worth, hope that helps.
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Do you know how to determine exactly what programs are using the SQL database?
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dglenpCommented:
J.R.,

Using the Enterprise Manager, under Management/Current Activity/Process Info, you can see the processes that are currently using SQL databases.  The info includes the user, database name, workstation, and the application name.  That should give you a good clue as to what programs are connecting from what machines.
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  Any recommendations on good books for managing SQL for the beginner?
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dglenpCommented:
I have used "Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Bible" from Wiley publishers by Paul Nielsen, et. al.  It is thorough in my opinion, and a good book for starters.  But almost any SQL Server text would be.  For more technical details, "Inside SQL Server 2000" by Kalen Delaney is really good.  It is more focused on what goes on under the hood.  The SQL Server 2005 Edition is not due out until July.  Kalen Delaney, among others, has been working with the SQL Server product since many versions ago.

Happy DB Administrating!
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