SQL Restore Problem
Posted on 2009-07-16
I create backups of an SQL database from a Windows Server 2008 using MS SQL 2008. I can restore the backup from another server that jas Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2008. The problem I am having is when I try to restore the same backup (that restores correctly on these 2 servers) to a remote server that uses Server 2003 and SQL 2005. For months now I have been restoring the daily backups to this remote server (either by copying via the network), from a backup tape, or from an external hard drive and then using the GUI to restore from the backup. About a week ago, I stopped being able to restore the same backup on the remote server that I can restore on the other 2 servers. The error I am getting is "The DRbackups\Procuranightlybackup.bak is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family. RESTORE HEADER ONLY is terminating abnormally - MS SQL Server Error 3241)
I have tried running the backup using scripts, using the RESTOREHEADERONLY and every other suggestted way to run it that I found from previous questions from your website, from Microsoft's. The backup is NOT corrupt because I can restore the same backup on two other servers and have tried each day with different backups and still get the same error on this remote server. Please help!