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How frequently should sys databases be backed up?

Posted on 2015-01-26
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currently allof my user databases have a weekly full and then a daily differential backup job running and are being managed by a maintenance plan in management studio.  The four sys databases are also grouped into these backups so the actual setting in the back up job is "all databases" on the full and the differentials

my question is this.
would I be ok taking out the sys databases of the differential backups and only back them up in the weekly full?

master
model
msdb
tempdb

these are the 4 in question.
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You could for model: you really only need to back it up when it changes.  You can't back up tempdb.

As for master and msdb, I strongly a full backup of master at least once a day (you can't do differentials for master), and a full or differential for msdb every day.  [msdb is used more than we realize; for example, I think it is used to populate the db list in SSMS, rather than master.]
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ok so question.
how long should I keep these backups?
I would assume I need to have a master backup coinciding with my restore point.

lets say I have two databases.  
apple
orange

I need to restore apple to a point in time 2 days ago.   3 pm Jan24
orange is in good shape
would I need to restore master to a previous backup?  or would the current master be just fine
I assuming the present master would be fine.

second scenario
I lose my whole sql server and have multiple backups of master and orange and apple

I want to restore the database server to a point in time of jan 25th
would I need to correspond the proper master restore with the versions of orange?
also... will the master work with different versions of sql server?
trashed sql server 2008 and restore on top of 2012

thanks a bunch!
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You're right, typically you don't have to time-sync master with the other dbs, unless you've added file groups or files to the db since master was backed up.

No, master dbs can only safely be restored to the same exact version and patch level of SQL on which they were backed up.
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