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TRANSACTION LOG Backups in SQL Server Step by Step Tutorial with Examples

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Transaction log backup is only possible when your database is in FULL or BULK-LOGGED recovery model. With the help of Transaction Log backup one can achieve Point in Time recovery for the database in case of any disaster It is highly recommended to perform transaction log backups at regular intervals to minimise the loss of work and to truncate the transaction log.

This is Part 10 of 16 Part SQL Server Database Backup Tutorial. Click here to read it from the beginning….

Create a TRANSACTIONAL LOG Backups Using TSQL commands

TO DISK = 'C:\DBBackups\MyTechMantra.TRN'

/* Verify the Database Backup File Once the Backup has completed successfully */

FROM DISK = 'C:\DBBackups\MyTechMantra.TRN'

Create a TRANSACTIONAL LOG Backup Using SQL Server Management Studio

  • Open SQL Server Management Studio, connect to the appropriate SQL Server Database Instance, in Object Explorer, click the SERVER NAME to expand the server tree.
  • Expand Databases node and then right click the database which you want to take a transaction log backup.Select Tasks, and then click Back Up…option as shown to open up Back Up Database dialog box.Select Backup Type as Transaction Log and Select Destination as Disk
  • Click on Add button to add a backup file and specify the backup file name and click OK to save the changes
  • Finally to take Transaction Log backup click OK
Create a TRANSACTION LOG Backup in SQL Server Using TSQL commands

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