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Use Red Gate to backup and restore between servers

Hello there,

I have 2 windows 2008 R2 server(calling them Production and Reporting). I have SQL server 2008 installed on both of them and I have my ERP application which is used by my users to do their every day work on the production server. Now I want to take backup of database from my production server every 2 hours and restore my Reporting DB with this backup automatically without the users coming to know or have to get disconnected from their work. So that my users using the reporting server can have their new data every 2 hours. Can I achieve this with SQL Backup Pro. At present I am doing the restore part and creating the Login manually on the reporting server every 2 hours from 9am to 4pm. As you can see this is becoming tedious job for me. I will appreciate your help if you can help me out.

cheers
Zolf
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Why you thought in a Backup/Restore solution?
How big is the database? How fast is the network? And the disks?
You may take almost that 2h window only for backup & restore.

Since you are using SQL Server 2008 I would suggest you to think about a Replication solution.
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zolfAuthor Commented:
Thanks Victor for you feedback. My db size is around 8 GB and increasing.  Will replication disconnect my production and Reporting users. Regarding using red gate is just because of its ease of use.both the servers are in local network but not setup as domain. They are in workgroup. Please help me to  solve my issue.

Cheers
Zolf
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Will replication disconnect my production and Reporting users.
No. That what's good with replication. They can continue working. With the restore they can't.
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zolfAuthor Commented:
Can you please tell me what type of replication I need to do.
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Since you want to update the database every 2h I would recommend Transactional Replication even it's more used for synchronous replication you can change the schedule of the log reader to run every 2h.
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zolfAuthor Commented:
Thanks. What about log shipping.Will that work for me. Another question is if need to setup this on the production or reporting server. Or it would not make a difference.
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Log shipping won't work for you because the secondary database would be offline. You'ld need to find a solution to stop the log shipping, recover the secondary database and two hours after rebuild the log shipping.

Another question is if need to setup this on the production or reporting server. Or it would not make a difference.
This question is referring to the Replication or Log shipping?
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zolfAuthor Commented:
So with replication both my database will not have to go or be offline. I mean my users won't be disconnected do from the database. Will replication restore the full database on my reporting server
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
After setting the replication, first thing to run is the Snapshot that will transfer all data configured in the replication from the Publisher to the Subscriber. This first step may take a while, depending on the size of the database but after that only the differences will be replicated (insert, delete and updates).
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zolfAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot. Can you give me some good luck where it shows how to do the replication with snapshot.
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Give a look on my comment from 2014-12-05 at 09:24:29ID: 40482374.
There's a link to Transactional Replication. It explains how it works.
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