Backup for our SQL windows 2003 server in case of failure

Posted on 2013-01-21
Last Modified: 2013-01-29
We have a SQL 2008 running on our 2003 Windows Server.  Is it possible to have a second server running, backing up this server.

Also, if the first server fails, the second would be ready to replace the second?
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David Todd earned 500 total points
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There are several strategies, depending on distance, time-lag for failover, whether that is automatic or manual.

Mirroring is possibly the easiest to get up and running.


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It would be at the same location.  How would I begin to see how to set that up?
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by:David Todd
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You'll need to look up mirroring in those links.

Basically there is a principal, a mirror, and optionally a witness server.

Seems ideal where there is good response and throughput between the two severs.

SQL 2012 has availability groups, where there can be multiple mirrors ...



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