restore problem for sql 2012 database

 I had a user delete more than what he was supposed to in our sql server.   I have a full backup with point in time recovery...
 the problem is.....
 we were not notified of the messup until 4 hours after it happened.  
 can I recover the database and rollback only his transaction "delete statement"

 what are my options....
 we have full point in time recovery....
 mess up happened at 1100  
 it is 1600 now.....
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PadawanDBAOperational DBACommented:
By full point in time recovery I am assuming that you mean you have the database in full recovery model.  You'll need the most recent full backup prior to 1100 and all transaction log backups since the last full backup and the first one from after 1100 today (or if you have differentials, you'll need the most recent full backup prior to 1100, the most recent differential backup prior to 1100, and all transaction log backups that occurred after that differential until the first one after 1100).  Restore those to a new database (use the stopat option for all of the transaction log restores so you don't accidentally blow past your target)  - and i usually recommend erring on the side of caution and using a completely different server - and then start trying to figure out the data you need and start moving it out into staging tables to make it easy for you to copy it back to the source database.  I am hoping you have the syntax of any queries he executed so you can just turn those into selects to copy out the data?  If not I imagine we are looking at some other options (one of which I am rolling around in my head involves database snapshots - are you on enterprise?)

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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
I'd restore the db to a different name to just prior to the DELETE, then copy the DELETEd rows into the current table.  After all, those rows haven't been modified since they were DELETEd :-).
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