SQL 2008 Backup

Can we backup databases for Window 2008R2 on a network drive as I can't see it under Management Studio Management although it can be seen under Window Computer Management ?

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
network drives as being mapped drives are only visible to a session, hence by default, you cannot back to a network drive.

you could use the steps described here to map a drive in the sql server session, but its not really recommended and requires the startup procedure to redo the mapping each time the sql server starts:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlserverfaq/archive/2009/02/27/how-to-backup-sql-server-databases-to-a-mapped-drive.aspx


other than that, please refer to the official documentation:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms179313.aspx

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Jerry_JusticeCommented:
Guy is correct about mapped drives.

However, you can always back up using a UNC if that resource is available to the account running SQl Server.

In other words, instead of "P:\SQLBackups\MyBackup.bak", use the UNC which might be "\\SERVER03\Resources\SQLBackups\MyBackup.bak".
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