I was wondering if there was any way of making a backup of an entire SQL Server (we are using SQL Server 2008) at regular intervals to a specific location. I know we are able to backup single specific databases but for ease of use and not having to set up a backup each time I want a new database, is there a way to do this?
If there is however, I must have a way of restoring just a single database from that server backup easily as though I have backed them up individually.
The method used will just be a pure backup and not a difference so no need to worry about complications.
You can run the following script, just change the @path variable to where you want to store the databases.
DECLARE @name VARCHAR(50) -- database name DECLARE @path VARCHAR(256) -- path for backup files DECLARE @fileName VARCHAR(256) -- filename for backup DECLARE @fileDate VARCHAR(20) -- used for file name SET @path = 'C:\Backup\' SELECT @fileDate = CONVERT(VARCHAR(20),GETDATE(),112) DECLARE db_cursor CURSOR FOR SELECT name FROM master.dbo.sysdatabases WHERE name NOT IN ('master','model','msdb','tempdb') OPEN db_cursor FETCH NEXT FROM db_cursor INTO @name WHILE @@FETCH_STATUS = 0 BEGIN SET @fileName = @path + @name + '_' + @fileDate + '.BAK' BACKUP DATABASE @name TO DISK = @fileName FETCH NEXT FROM db_cursor INTO @name END CLOSE db_cursor DEALLOCATE db_cursor