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SQL Backup Job to Multiple Files in Unique folders per Database

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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
When you use the GUI to create a SQL DB Backup job you can choose to backup to multiple files or you can choose to backup to a specific folder. If you choose the latter then you can also choose to create the backups in a separate folder for each database. So there'd be a folder called dbname1 with dbname1's backup(s) in it, and one for dbname2, etc.

However I'd like to do both. We found a sweet spot in that our backups run 40% faster if we back up to 3 files at once. However we have multiple databases so we'd like to do each to it's own folder. One top of that, if you choose to a folder, it puts a date line at the end of each file name so that you can have full backups for each day. However if you choose one or more files you are choosing the filenames yourself and thus it appears you can only have those files. Not previous days. You can append or overwrite.

Anyone know how to split it into multiple files (3 in this case) and then have multiple days back?

I'd rather not have to have separate maintenance plans or jobs depending on the day of the week, etc. It gets very complicated then once you have multiple databases, as we do.

Thanks!
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