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Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Unleashed by Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Paul T. Bertucci, Ray Rankins

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Developing a Backup and Restore Plan

Developing a solid backup and restore plan for SQL Server is one of the most critical tasks an administrator performs. Simply put, if you are a database administrator (DBA) and have a significant loss of data in a database you are responsible for, your job may be on the line. You need to carefully examine the backup needs of your organization, document your needs, and deliver a plan that defines how your backup and restore plan will meet those needs.

The best place to start in identifying the backup requirements is to ask the right questions. The following questions can help drive out the answers you need:

How much data loss is acceptable? For example, if you choose to do only full database backups each ...

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