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Managing Backups

Understanding backups is extremely important for every database administrator (DBA)—it can make or break your career. If you need to restore a database, you can be a hero in a matter of minutes. Conversely, if you don’t have a good backup to restore, you may end up looking for a new job. In our opinion, having the knowledge to properly backup and restore a database is the most important skill a DBA can possess. That being said, we think backing up a database is often the most easily overlooked process. It’s easy to set up a maintenance plan or backup job and think you are covered—a kind of set-it-and-forget-it mentality. The problem with this attitude is that you do not know a backup is being performed incorrectly ...

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