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Backup All SQL Server Databases

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Backup All SQL Server DatabasesIf you do Microsoft SQL Server Administration, you know how easy it is to back up your databases using the Enterprise Manager. Using the GUI comes with a price though. You sacrifice the ability to script what you are doing to other servers. What if you have other servers you want to backup all your SQL Server databases? How would you do it in the most effective way?

The solution is to do it in T-SQL. Copy the script below into the Query Analyzer and then execute. It will backup your databases into the C:\Backup folder.

Each database will have the file format {NAME}_{DATE}.BAK. The databases called master, model, msdb, and tempdb will not be backed up. If you wish to backup these databases, remove one or more of the database names from the WHERE name NOT IN statement below.

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\”


FROM master.dbo.sysdatabases
WHERE name NOT IN (”master”,”model”,”msdb”,”tempdb”)

OPEN db_cursor
FETCH NEXT FROM db_cursor INTO @name

SET @fileName = @path + @name + ”_” + @fileDate + ”.BAK”

FETCH NEXT FROM db_cursor INTO @name

CLOSE db_cursor
DEALLOCATE db_cursor

You can schedule this script to run nightly by using osql from the Command Line and schedule it as a Scheduled Task. This way, you can bypass the GUI completely.

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