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Title:SQL Server Backups
Description:Subject to the settings within SQL Enterprise Manager or SQL Server Management Studio, pre-posting backups are not needed with SQL 2000, 2005, or 2008.

Let’s assume a common situation with a company which operates Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. From a simplified standpoint, not covering all options for setup of a SQL database, the properties of the DYNAMICS and company databases are set to a “Full” Recovery Model. This setting is coupled with a SQL Job that runs a SQL backup overnight AND runs SQL Transaction Log Backups every two hours throughout the work day.

If a problem with posting occurs at, say, 3:30 pm, this Recovery Model coupled with proper restore procedures allow a point-in-time restore to, say, 3:25 pm. No one is forced out of the system for extra backups throughout the day, but the ability to restore to any point in time is retained.

The ability to do a point-in-time restore directly conflicts with setting SQL databases to a “Simple” Recovery Model. The Simple Recovery Model does require pre-posting backups (or pre-anything-significant backups). These are disruptive in multi-user installations and subject to the whim of users who fail to backup at the most stressful, vulnerable times.

The use of backup and restore capabilities from inside Microsoft Dynamics GP should only be utilized with single-user installations set to the “Simple” Recovery Model. Even then, the backup and restore capabilities are limited in functionality when the SQL tempdb or user activity tables also need to be managed during a restore situation.

If your SQL Server is properly maintained, you should rarely need to interrupt daily processing with extra backups throughout the day.

There are many cautions, options, and settings with SQL that only a trained, experienced SQL Database Administrator (DBA) should deal with. Add to that, the SQL DBA should be familiar with the specific needs, requirements, and recommendations of Microsoft Dynamics GP databases and related directories and files. But properly setup and maintained, your SQL Server and Microsoft Dynamics GP should be extremely reliable, rarely needing work stoppages throughout the work day.
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