SQL 2012 Express, sqlcmd,  Restore Database, user tables not restored.

MikeBroderick
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I have a script running sqlcmd to restore a database. It does not restore user tables, but does not give any errors. If I restore from the Management Studio, it works. Any idea what I am doing wrong?

Below is the syntax and the message:

RESTORE DATABASE PGMS
   FROM DISK = '\\SVR04\SVR04C\Backups\SVR04Apps\SQLSVR04.bak'
   WITH
     MOVE 'master'  TO 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA\PGMS.mdf',
     MOVE 'mastlog' TO 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA\PGMS.LDF',
     REPLACE,
     RECOVERY

Processed 424 pages for database 'PGMS', file 'master' on file 1.
Processed 3 pages for database 'PGMS', file 'mastlog' on file 1.
RESTORE DATABASE successfully processed 427 pages in 0.168 seconds (19.816 MB/sec).
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you are using Windows Authentication or SQL Server Authentication.

if Windows Authentication, try "Run as administrator"
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Commented:
Unfortunately. you cannot restore the master database that way.  Why don't you tell us what you are really trying to do?

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I am using Windows Authentication. I tried "Run as Admin", same error.
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Sorry, I'm not trying to restore the master database. I am trying to restore a production database called PGMS. Apparently its logical file names are master and mastlog.
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Apparently its logical file names are master and mastlog.
Are you sure?
Can you confirm by doing the following:

SELECT  name,
        physical_name
FROM    sys.master_files
WHERE   DB_NAME(database_id) = 'PGMS'

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The logical file names before the sqlcmd restore were A and A_LOG. After the restore they are master and mastlog.

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I should add that I did not originally have the MOVE TO clauses, I added them while trying to make it work. I get the same error without the MOVE TO clauses.  I just tried changing the logical file names in the MOVE TO clauses to 'A' and 'A_LOG'. I get the following:

The file "master" is selected. At the time of backup it was known by the name "A". RESTORE will continue operating upon the renamed file.
The file "mastlog" is selected. At the time of backup it was known by the name "A_log". RESTORE will continue operating upon the renamed file.
Processed 424 pages for database 'PGMS', file 'master' on file 1.
Processed 3 pages for database 'PGMS', file 'mastlog' on file 1.
RESTORE DATABASE successfully processed 427 pages in 0.208 seconds (16.005 MB/sec).

But the same problem, no user tables.

The backup file has the databases master, model, and msdb on it also. It appears the restore is trying to restore the model database's files into the PGMS database. In the old days you had to display the backup file and locate the file numbers within the file for the database you want, and specify the "file numbers" within the file on the restore script. I don't see any parms to do that now. Am I missing something?

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I should add I am backing up from system 3 and restoring to system 4. Also note that the number of pages restored matches the number of pages saved on system 3.
Top Expert 2012

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I am totally lost as to what you are doing.  May I suggest that since you state that "If I restore from the Management Studio, it works.", that you grab the SQL Script from there, without running the restore.

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I am setting up a "poor man's" replication, where each night I backup the database PGMS off of the production system SVR04 into a file on the hard disk, and restore PGMS to another system SVR03 using the file on the hard disk. I am having a problem with the restore script (see above). The problem is seeming to boil down to this: The sqlcmd RESTORE DATABASE doesn't work, or I am doing something wrong. I mention that using Management Studio works verify the backup file is not corrupt.
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I mention that using Management Studio works verify the backup file is not corrupt.
I understand.  Perhaps you are not familiar with the way you can get the SQL script that SSMS is using?  If so, do the Restore from SSMS but don't click on OK, instead click on the Script icon in the top left corner.

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Your questioning me on the logical file names made me suspect the first saved database in the file was being used for the restore. When I clicked the script icon, the script showed with a FILE = 4 clause. I didn't know you could do that. When I added it to my script, it worked!

Thank you.

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