SQL 2008 R2 Express Backup run using Task Scheduler

Posted on 2013-05-13
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Last Modified: 2013-05-14
Hello all,

Am trying to automate backup of SQL 2008 R2 Express database.  I have the backup script saved to a file and it runs fine.  I created it by right clicking on the database, Tasks, Back Up, set the location, name, verify, then saved the script to file.   There are only two databases - master and the one I'm trying to backup.  However, I'm having a problem getting the syntax right to automate it using Task Scheduler.

Under the action arguments I have tried all the following with no success...

-S .\EXPRESS -i C:\SQLBU\BUScript.sql
-S (local)\MSSQLSERVER -i C:\SQLBU\BUScript.sql

The SQMCMD command prompt shows, then disappears, the task stays running, but no backup occurs.

I have this working fine in my test environment, but it actually has a "named instance".  The one I'm trying to backup is using the default Services (MSSQLSERVER).  

Any suggestions?

Thank you!
Question by:normajm400
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ID: 39163619
Have a look at this SQLCMD Default Instance or Named Instance thread at a Microsoft SQL-Server forum. I think, that might explain it.
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by:David Todd
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-S <yourservername> -I C:\SQLBU\BUScript.sql

Default means that there is no instance name, although you will see the MSSQLSERVER used in some contexts.


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micen earned 2000 total points
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This works on my express SQL's:

SQlCMD -S Localhost -i C:\SQLBU\BUScript.sql



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Perfect!! Thank you very much.

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