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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:39 am    Post subject: Adding Notes to Backups Reply with quote

How do we add notes to our backups so we can be more informative on why a particular backup was made?
Charles Alvis
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can do this using the DESCRIPTION option e.g.

EXEC master..sqlbackup '-sql "BACKUP DATABASE AdventureWorks TO DISK = [e:\backups\AdventureWorks.sqb] WITH DESCRIPTION = [Backup prior to applying patch #001]"'

To view the description, use the RESTORE HEADERONLY command e.g.

EXEC master..sqlbackup '-sql "RESTORE HEADERONLY FROM DISK = [e:\backups\AdventureWorks.sqb]"'

DESCRIPTION accepts up to 255 characters, and the value is also stored in the SQL Server backup history tables. E.g.

SELECT a.description
FROM msdb..backupset a
INNER JOIN msdb..backupmediafamily b ON a.media_set_id = b.media_set_id
WHERE b.physical_device_name = 'e:\backups\AdventureWorks.sqb'
  AND b.device_type = 7

Peter Yeoh
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