MsSQL Backup a Database

Use the following query to backup a MsSQL database. Fill in the correct database name (@name) and backup location (@path).

This script uses the date for the filename, so if multiple backups are needed on the same day make sure to add some remarks to it (@filename).

Also a COPY_ONLY object is used, so this will not interfere with the normal backup job.



— Declare variables
DECLARE @fileName VARCHAR(256) — filename for backup  
DECLARE @path VARCHAR(256) — path for backup files  
DECLARE @name VARCHAR(50) — database name  
DECLARE @fileDate VARCHAR(20) — used for file name
— specify database name
SET @name = ‘databasename’
— specify database backup directory
SET @path = ‘backup location’
— specify filename format
SELECT @fileDate = CONVERT(VARCHAR(20),GETDATE(),112)
SET @fileName = @path + @fileDate + ‘-‘ + @name + ‘.BAK’
— start backup of the database
BACKUP DATABASE @name TO DISK = @fileName WITH STATS, COMPRESSION, COPY_ONLY

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