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Sql backup script show "Incorect sintax near '+' -". Need someone to check code.

Posted on 2013-06-11
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Hello,
I'm trying to create daily backup of my local databases. Currently I'm testing below code, but of course not sucessfull.
Well, code is working, but I would like to have daily different file names. I have in mind for bak files to include also a date. So, that each daily file would have name associated to day of backup.
When I have execute below code Sql server show me error: Incorrect sintax near '+'.

USE Test;
GO
BACKUP DATABASE Test1
TO DISK = 'D:\Backups\Test_' + getdate + '.Bak'
   WITH FORMAT,
      MEDIANAME = 'Z_SQLServerBackups',
      NAME = 'Full Backup of Test;
GO

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Thanks in advance for help.
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Question by:dejandejanovic
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by:jonnidip
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Syntax for getdate is: getdate().
Then you need to convert it to a varchar (and choose a format).
For example: select convert(varchar(8), getdate(), 112)
(returns a date in the yyyyMMdd format).

Regards.
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Yup - what jonnidip said.  You need the parens *and* you need to cast it to VARCHAR().

Here are a couple sites that show you conversion options:

http://linesofcode.net/snippets/45
http://networking.ringofsaturn.com/SQL/howtoformatdatetime.php
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by:dejandejanovic
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Thank you for tips, and working result is here:
USE Test;
GO
DECLARE @DateBackup varchar(50)

SELECT @DateBackup = (SELECT 'D:\Test_' + convert(varchar(50),GetDate(),112) + '.bak') 
BACKUP DATABASE Test
TO DISK = @DateBackup 
   WITH FORMAT,
      MEDIANAME = 'Z_SQLServerBackups',
      NAME = 'Full Backup of Test';
GO

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