Chapter 26 discussed one of the most critical responsibilities of a SQL Server professional: backing up your data. In this chapter, I will discuss the second half of that very important topic: recovering your data. It is not enough to simply create a backup of the data; you need to also regularly restore your data to test the reliability of the backups.
This chapter will discuss how to restore a database from a backup file. A restore operation copies all data, log, and index pages from the backup media set to the destination database. The destination database can be an existing database (which will be overlaid) ...