I have Microsoft SQL Server 2000 running on Windows 2003 Server as a virtual machine in VMware box.
I am doing virtual machine backup using Nakivo backup software, but I like be able to backup SQL data separately if possible.
I thought about using ROBOCOPY, but then I heard that I can't copy open SQL database files until you shut it down first in order to copy files. If that is the case, I don't think it is a good solution.
So my question is - Can I use native Windows NT Backup program to backup the entire computer to an shared folder on the network, then would I be able to restore SQL database later from NT backup files (.BKF)? Since I don't deal with SQL database, I am not sure how backup & restore works on this.
For example, you can backup Word/Excel/Access/PDF type of files to a backup device and easily restore individual files or folders from your backup device that has .BKF file.
I just want to have an ability to restore SQL Server related information on-demand without restoring entire VM.