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How do I duplicate someone else's existing SQL database on my MS SQL 2005 Server?

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EXPERT: I need to copy/duplicate someone else's existing MS SQL database on to my MS SQL 2005 Server and want to know what steps do I have to get this done and what stuff they have to give me (scripts ?) etc?
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by:Daniel Wilson
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the easiest thing to do is have them give you a backup which you then restore.

You can get the DB scripted & run those scripts against a new DB.  that will give you structure, but not data.

Do you need just the structure?  Or the data too?
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1. Ask the other party to make a backup of the database.
2. They will send you the backup file
3. You will restore the database on your server.

Usefull links for restoring are:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Development/MS-SQL-Server/SQL-Server-2005/Q_23734627.html
http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/2081/sql_server_2005_how_to_restore_database_backup/
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms177429.aspx
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The best way to do this is to take a full backup and restore it to your server

http://www.sqlteam.com/article/backup-and-restore-in-sql-server-full-backups
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DanielWilson: thank you (and everyone else):  I just need the structure, their data will be of no use.

"You can get the DB scripted & run those scripts against a new DB" ?  Are these individual script files that I have to cut and paste into what's you guys call the query analyzer? are do you import and somehow download the DB scripts to my new database?

Sorry I am not DB smart

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SQL 2005 likes to make a single script.

Right-click the DB, choose Tasks, Generate Scripts, and complete the wizard.

You will need to run the script in Query Analyzer / Sql Server Management Studio when you get it.
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