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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.0
Backup and Restore of SQL Server Databases

Step 4: Examine Considerations and Limitations

  1. If you are using SQL Server Express edition (for example, SQL Server 2012 Express included in Veeam setup) as a staging system, consider that databases that exceed 10 GB cannot be attached to this SQL Server due to Express edition limitations ( If you plan to recover large databases following a scenario that requires a staging server, then it is necessary to configure a fully functional commercial version of Microsoft SQL Server as a staging system.
  2. By default, system databases (master and others) are excluded from Veeam Explorer restore workflow. These databases can be restored using file-level restore, as described in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide (
  3. Currently, point-in-time restore and restore to the state before selected transaction is not supported for replica VMs and for restore points created by backup copy job.
  4. If you plan to restore an encrypted database using Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server, consider information provided in this Knowledge Base article.
  5. Table-level recovery is supported for database tables with no external dependencies.
  6. If you plan to restore database schema objects, consider that 'Replace' logic is not supported - that is, if an object with the same name exists in the production database and in the backup, then a backup object will not replace the existing one, but an object with a different name will be created instead, as described in the Restoring Database Schema and Data. Also, consider that when objects are renamed, relationships between them are not renamed.
  7. If both Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Server are installed on one VM, and this VM is processed by a job with log backup enabled for both applications, Veeam Backup & Replication will back up only Oracle transaction logs. Microsoft SQL Server transaction logs will not be processed.
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