SQL Server backup using SQL Server Maintenance Plans
If you are running SQL Server on AWS EC2, the responsibility of taking backups remains the responsibility of the user.
The different types of backups available are as below:
* FULL Database Backup: This is the most extensive method of backing up your data and involves creating a copy of your entire data and objects.
* Differential Database Backup: A differential backup is based on the most recent, previous FULL backup of the data that is included in the differential backup. A differential backup captures only the data that has changed since that FULL backup. This is known as the base of the differential. A differential backup includes only the data that have changed since the differential base.
* Transaction log backup. This backup type will backup all of the transactions that have occurred since the last log backup or truncation, then it will truncation the transaction logWith a transaction log backup, you can restore a database to a particular point in time aka point-in-time recovery, like right before a data loss event
There are 2 ways to schedule SQL Server backups:
- Using SQL Agent jobs
- Using the Maintenance plan.
In this blog, we will try to explain how to take backups using the Maintenance plan,
Steps to Create a maintenance plan in SQL Server
* Login to the server using DB Admin credentials.
* Expand the Management Node
* Right-click on the maintenance node
* Go through with New maintenance plan
* Give a Name For Maintenance Plan
* Click OK
* Schedule the Maintenance plan
* Schedule the Plan for runs per Our requirement. (Weekly, Daily, Hourly)
* Select the various Maintenance Tasks
* Select Plan Properties
* Update the Define statistics
* Add The task details.
* Verify the details and click finish
* It will create a Maintenance plan and job
That’s it, your backups are scheduled on the server and you can move them to standard storage like AWS S3 for retention.