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

Restoring SQL Server Databases

To recover an SQL Server database with Veeam, you do not need to fully restore and start the virtual machine hosting the SQL Server. Instead, Veeam Backup & Replication data recovery functionality is used to mount the selected restore point (image-level backup or replica) of Microsoft SQL Server VM to the mount server, and then you select how you want your database to be restored.

  1. You can use Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server that supports three scenarios:
  • Restore database to the original or different location, to the state as in the selected restore point of SQL Server VM.
  • Restore database to the selected point in time.
  • Restore database to the state prior to undesired transaction.

Restoring SQL Server Databases Note:

This tool is described in detail in the sections below and in the Veeam Explorers Series document.

  1. Authorized restore operators can recover the necessary databases using Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager. Two scenarios are supported:
  • Restore database to the original or different location, to the state as in the selected restore point of SQL Server VM.
  • Restore databases to selected point in time.

Restoring SQL Server Databases Note:

For details on configuring and using Enterprise Manager, refer to its documentation at https://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/em/.

  1. Finally, users can utilize Veeam Application-Item Restore wizard (U-AIR) to configure a request for database recovery to selected restore point (backup or replica), as well as for recovery of a table or a query result. Three scenarios are supported:
  • Restore database schema objects from backup into production database by running automatically created scripts.
  • Restore database tables to the production database, or save them to the specified location.
  • Execute a custom query against the database from the backup to restore specific data back to the production Microsoft SQL Server database or save it as data files to a specific folder.

Restoring SQL Server Databases Note:

For details on using AIR wizard, refer to U-AIR documentation at https://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/70/uair/index.html?uair_sql.htm.

The next sections will give you several recommendations on how to carry out the restore procedure using Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server; Enterprise Manager capabilities will be also covered in brief.

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