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How can I backup an entire database in MS SQL Server Express 2005?

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I have a copy of MS SQL Server 2005 Express Edition that is running on database engine at this time.

Included in this instance is about 100 seperate databases.  I need to automate a way to back these databases on a nightly basis and because I am using SQL Express I do not have access to SQL Server Agent to automate this.

Any help is appreciated.
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by:hyphenpipe
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I did find this article which looks promising:

http://www.mssqltips.com/tip.asp?tip=1174

But I need to backup about 100 databases and I am adding more all the time so I need it to be dynamic without me having to go an modify the SQL command every time I add a new database.

Also, I am am unsure as to how this tutorial handles attached databases that may have open connections to them.

Can anyone clear that up for me?
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by:dineesh
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hi,

is there a time when you can stop the SQL services for some time depending on your database size?

in that case you can write a vbscript to stop the sql service and copy the physical files from the data folder into another path.

else try this too..

use ntbackup - Start -> Programs -> Accessiories -> System Tools -> Backup

and backup the data folder, that does a volume shadow copy, once you have a backup, try to restore on another system with SQL Express and Attach the database and point it to the data files.

if that works then you can automate it from scheduler.
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by:chapmandew
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try this:

exec sp_MSforeachdb 'BACKUP DATABASE [?] TO DISK
=N''d:\mssqldata\MSSQL\BACKUP\[?]_Backup.bak'', INIT'
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by:hyphenpipe
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I just realized I only need to back up one database in the instance.  The other databases just contain views that point the this one.

If there was a way to do this while users are online, that would be sweet.
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chapmandew earned 500 total points
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sure...you can backup w/ users online:

backup database yourdbname
to disk = 'c:\backupfile.bak' with init
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by:hyphenpipe
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Thanks for clearing that up.  Wasn;t sure if I could back it up with users online, but it works fine.
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