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Windows 2008 Backup and SQL Server

Hello,

I use to backup my Windows 2008 R2 SQL Server 2008 with Windows 2008 Backup on a USB external drive

Backup is done daily, and ends successfully without any error message

During backup SQL Server Service is NOT stopped and VSS is used by Windows Backup to backup SQL Server online

However I have been told that I should turn off SQL Server before backup (NET STOP MSSQLSERVER) and start it after Backup is finished (NET START MSSQLSERVER)

QUestion:

Is it necessary to turn off and on MSSQLSERVER service before and after running Windows 2008 Backup? or does VSS works fine and SQL Server can remain online?

I hope I have been clear with my English...

Thank you for your answer
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According to Microsoft you will be OK with that setup:

Ability to recover applications. Windows Server Backup uses VSS functionality that is built into applications like Microsoft® SQL Server® to protect application data.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770266%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
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Hi,

Are your databases backed up? How?

Regards
  David
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Yes I did restore sometimes database dans It works OK

The question was intended to learn and know from other people experience with similar environement, SQL and Windows Backup

Thank you
Typically the way it is done is by scheduling a daily full SQL Backup and if you are using Full Recovery Model you also need to set up frequent Transaction Log backups as well.  This last could range between every few hours to every 15 minutes.
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What are Ola Hallegren free script? where do I find them?

Is I understand well you are suggesting to do and SQL Backup (it is a dump of the databases ?) in addition to Windows 2008 Backup.


Is that the solution?
Hi,

Sorry - previous comment was done via mobile.

Ola Hallengren's free script can do this for you. As in, why reinvent the wheel?
http://ola.hallengren.com/

I have Ola's script in several servers, and the solution is very stable.

HTH
  David
thank you