What's the fastest way to copy a database on the same server?

If I want to copy a database test_db1 to a same database server with a different name test_db2, what would be the fast way to do it?

Can I use features like Log Shipping or Transactional Replication on the same database server?

Thanks.
thomaszhwangAsked:
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TempDBACommented:
Backup the database and restore it with different name. That is the easiest and fastest way I guess.

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thomaszhwangAuthor Commented:
Can I specify a different database file path when I restore, since if the original database is still there, you cannot just restore the database without specifying a new file path, right?  If so, what T-SQL command should I use?  Thanks.
Racim BOUDJAKDJIDatabase Architect - Dba - Data ScientistCommented:
<<Can I specify a different database file path when I restore, since if the original database is still there>>
when restoring forget about the old database files and old database.  Simply restore the new database with a new name and use the WITH MOVE instruction to assign a new name for the files...For more info,read the below link on how using RESTORE DATABASE instruction WITH MOVE option...

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Racim BOUDJAKDJIDatabase Architect - Dba - Data ScientistCommented:
<<Can I use features like Log Shipping or Transactional Replication on the same database server?>>
Yes.  But it has little or no value.  If you want to keep a READ ONLY copy you can use database snapshots
Brendt HessSenior DBACommented:
A generalized restore statement for a simple database backup with only one data file and one log file involved would be like this:

RESTORE DATABASE MyTestDB
FROM DISK='X:\Backups\MyDB.BAK'
WITH Recovery, Replace,
MOVE 'MyDB_data' TO 'X:\SQLData\MyTestDB.mdf',
MOVE 'MyDB_log' TO 'X:\SQLLogs\MyTestLog.ldf',

Where:
MyTestDB is the new database name to use
DISK='...' is the physical location of the backup file on disk
WITH x is the list of options to use - Recovery, Replace is my personal standard pair.  See BoL for more info
MOVE definition
'MyDB_x' is the logical filename being discussed.  Logical filenames can be recovered by executing RESTORE FILELISTONLY from DISK='...'
TO '...' is the physical destination and filename to be used.  You can restore to the same physical location as the original files are in if you rename the resulting files.
thomaszhwangAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
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