SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Studio

Can you use SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Studio to connect to a web host's SQL Server 2008 and download the database to a local computer?
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MohitPanditConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hello Mark01,

No, you will not face any issue.
You can go ahead to copy backup of database which is in SQL Server 2008 and restore at 2008 R2 OR in case you have .mdf and .ldf files only then you may attach those directly.

Please let me know in case you have any concern.

Best Regards,
Mohit Pandit
BanthorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Non sequitur
The SQL Server instance would have to reside on the web server itself and have an exposed port, 1433 is the default port
ZberteocConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Management Studio can connect to any SQL instance that has access to. If the instance is on a different box then that box has to be setup to accept remote connections. Depending where that box resides, local network on same domain, different domain or internet the connection has to be setup accordingly.
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Mark01Author Commented:
Hi Banthor and Zberteoc,

Can SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Studio be used to copy/download a database to a local
computer? I have SQL Server 2008 R2 installed on my development computer. I need to know if I will encounter any problems when I copy/download a SQL Server 2008 database from a web host to my computer which is running SQL Server 2008 R2.
Mark01Author Commented:
Hi Mohit,

I’m concerned about a 10-20-2009 comment that was made by gnarlysage about working with a backup as compared to working with database files. Do I need to be concerned about this?

Here is gnarlysage’s comment:

the above article is good. In short, you need a copy of all webfiles (the application) and a copy of the database. You can get by with a backup of the database - but if you can get a copy of the actual database files it will be easier.

Here is the EE question from which the above quote came from:

Is there any disadvantage to working with a backup?
MohitPanditConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi Mark01,

There is no need to worry about it.

I also worked with DNN host and took backup and restore at my local environment.
So, please do not worry to take backup and restore as well.

Apart from this, if you are still skeptical then, please follow below steps as it will be easy for your understanding:

1. Create a rough database with your hosting environment;
2. Create a single table in rough database with 3 records.
3. Take backup of rough database
4. Restore in local environment
5. Verify the table along with 3 records in local environment.

So, in case your rough database does not show any issue then actual production database will also not show any issue.

Please let me know in case you have other thoughts.

Best Regards,
Mohit Pandit
Mark01Author Commented:
Thank you, Banthor, Zberteoc and Mohit.
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