MS SQL Backup DB locally

I have access to the database via Management studio only... is there a way I can backup the DB locally, to my workstation?


Frank GrimesAsked:
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TechieMDConnect With a Mentor Commented:
See this guide. It's not a true backup as it wouldn't include transaction logs and statistics, but it's the closest thing aside from doing a remote backup and having someone zip it up and send it to you.
Nakul VachhrajaniConnect With a Mentor Technical Architect, Capgemini IndiaCommented:
What are your rights on the SQL server instance itself? (rights on the OS and on the instance are two different things)

I am trying to see if you can perform a remote backup using the BACKUP DATABASE T-SQL statement. (
lcohanConnect With a Mentor Database AnalystCommented:
OK you "...have access to the database via Management studio only"
From where you start SSMS? Local workstation?

"... is there a way I can backup the DB locally, to my workstation?" - most likely not directly but here are a few options depending on security/access/reach:

You could add a local share and make that share available to the SQL Server where that database is and initiate the backup to that share.

Vice-versa, if theres some SQL Server share that you can access from your workstation you can initiate the backup to that share and take it from there.

Do you have SQL installed locally and is it the same version? If you do then starting SQL 2012 there's a "Database Copy" functionality that will allow you to "copy" that database between the two.
Frank GrimesAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone - it looks like Generate Scripts and Exporting Data will work just fine!


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