Posts Tagged with SQL Clone

13 September 2017

13 September 2017

Database provisioning from backups using SQL Clone

In a previous article, Getting Started with SQL Clone, I described how SQL Clone could remove much of the administrative burden from the database provisioning process, the advantages of a new, lightweight process to spin up ‘real databases’ for use in development and test work, and finally how to produce images and then clones,... Read more

19 June 2017

19 June 2017

Provisioning just got BIGGER with SQL Clone v2

Today, we launched SQL Clone v2, which removes the previous 2TB size limit and now supports cloning databases up to 64TB. In this article, I’ll explain why I think this is big news for many organizations, and describe briefly the changes to SQL Clone v2 that made it possible. In larger organizations, such as... Read more

3 May 2017

3 May 2017

Basic data masking for development work using SQL Clone and SQL Data Generator

This article describes a lightweight copy-and-generate approach for making a sanitized version of a production database available to development teams with SQL Clone and SQL Data Generator. We build the latest database version (schema only), then copy into it, from the production database, the data for any tables and columns that don’t require masking.... Read more

26 April 2017

26 April 2017

Using striped backups with SQL Clone

If you’re a Redgate SQL Backup customer, occasionally you’ll need to convert your SQL Backup (.sqb) files to the native SQL Server backup format (.bak), perhaps to perform native database restores on a server where SQL Backup isn’t installed. This produces a striped backup, because each thread used when making the backup will produce... Read more

6 April 2017

6 April 2017

Why is my clone so small?

If you have a very large database, up to 64TB in size, SQL Clone will let you copy, or ‘clone’, that database many times, very quickly, making the full database available in multiple SQL Server instances across your development and test environments. And yet in each of these instances, the cloned database takes up... Read more