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What is the best way to schedule daily SQL 2008 R2 backups?

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I would like to set up automated daily SQL 2008 R2 Server Backups of two SQL databases. What is the best way to accomplish this?
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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Sqlcmd is a command line utility that can backup a db. Write a little batch file and run it using task scheduler.
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Cboudroz earned 1800 total points
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use the maintenance plan wizard in SQL Server Management Studio
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms191002.aspx


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by:kaminda
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With SQL Server's Maintenance plan wizard you can do this. It is highly recommended and the Agent Job log which you can monitor regularly. In that you can even setup deleting or archiving old backup files. It is really a great tool.
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by:mayank_joshi
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as stated by ' Cboudroz' maintenance plan is the best option in my opinion.
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by:PDSWSS
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Thanks. Looks like the Maintenance Plan Wizard is the way to go.

How would I  change settings from Full Backup to Differential backup?
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by:Cboudroz
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You can modify the actual maintenance plan and in the "Back Up Database Task" you can change the back up type from "Full" to "Diffential"


or in the Creation wizard it's the second tab "select maintenance plan tasks"  - check Differential

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Thank you.
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