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Franck Pachot

What is a database backup (back to the basics)

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Postgres | 8 Comments

By Franck Pachot . TL;DR: do not consider a dump (like PostgreSQL pg_dump or Oracle expdp) as a database backup do not consider that your backup is successful if you didn’t test recovery databases provide physical database backups, easy and safe to restore and recover to any point-in-time between first backup and point of failure managed databases provide an easy recovery interface, but don’t trust it before you try it and… I’ve written this after…

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Christophe Cosme

AWS – RDS – SQL Server Native backups

By | AWS, Cloud, Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, SQL Server | No Comments

Introduction RDS provide automatic backup feature. This feature will backup the entire RDS instance. As a DBA sometimes you need to backup individual database, they are many reason for that (legal, migration, replication,…). Unfortunately individual database backups are not available within the RDS instance. This post explains how you can enable the native database backup on RDS , as you are used to with an on-premises SQL Server instance. To summarize we will create a…

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Joël Cattin

pgBackRest – a simple privileges-related issue

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, Postgres | No Comments

I recently had to replace Barman by pgBackRest as Backup & Recovery solution for one of my customer. The purpose of this blog is not to show how I made the setup (some dbi blogs already exists for that), but only to share a small issue I encountered during the creation of the Stanza : [email protected]:/ [cms2] pgbackrest –stanza=cms2_primary stanza-create ERROR: [058]: version ’11’ and path ‘(null)’ queried from cluster do not match version ’11’…

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Stéphane Savorgnano

How to run Avamar backup on SQL Agent Job with PowerShell

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, SQL Server | No Comments

By one of our customer we use Avamar for the backup and restore solution. I was asked by this customer to find a solution to run Avamar backups for a group of databases on a specified instance. In fact, we currently try a database clone solution on some instances and clone’s databases must not be backed up, but the rest of the databases must be. After some discussions with my colleague I decided to use…

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Christophe Cosme

SQL Server – Collecting last backup information in an AlwaysOn environment

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, SQL Server | No Comments

Introduction Sometimes you face interesting challenges with unusual environment. One of my customer needed a automated and flexible backup solution. Said like that nothing very complex you will say. But if I mention that some databases were 60TB big with more than 30 filegroups and around 600 database data files each and moreover synchronized in an AlwayOn availability group, it is not the same story and you can easily imagine that working with standard backup…

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Mouhamadou Diaw

RMAN in a Multitenant Environment

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Oracle | One Comment

The Oracle Multitenant architecture came with Oracle 12c a few years ago. For people usually working with traditional Non-CDB database it might be confusing the first time to do Backup and Recovery with pluggable databases (PDBs) In this document we are trying to explain how to use RMAN backup and recovery in a multitenant environment for an oracle 19c database with 2 pluggable databases. Below the configuration we are using. SQL> show pdbs CON_ID CON_NAME…

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Stéphane Haby

SP2 for SQL Server 2016 is available with new helpful DMVs

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Development & Performance, SQL Server, Technology Survey | No Comments

Last month (April 24, 2018), the Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2016 was released and distributed. This Service Pack has new DMVs, already available in SQL Server 2017 RTM. In this article, I will just write few words about 2 DMVs (sys.dm_db_log_stats & sys.dm_db_log_info) and a new column (modified_extent_page_count) in the DMV sys.dm_db_file_space_usage that I presented during our last event about SQL Server 2017. I think they are really helpful for DBA. It’s also…

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Mouhamadou Diaw

PgBackRest : Dedicated Backup Host

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | One Comment

In previous blogs (blog1 and blog2) we saw a configuration of PgBackRest where the tool is installed in the same server that also hosts the PostgreSQL cluster. This configuration is fine if we have a single database server. But in the case that we have many database servers, it is more suitable to have a dedicated server for backups. This will also separate the backups and WAL archive from databases server In this article we…

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Mouhamadou Diaw

Backup and Restore PostgreSQL with PgBackRest I

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | 6 Comments

Many tools can be used to backup PostgreSQL databases. In this blog I will talk about PgBackRest which is a simple tool that can be used to backup and restore a PostgreSQL database. Full, differential, and incremental backups are supported. In this first blog I will present a basic configuration of pgbackprest. Our configuration is composed of only one cluster and pgbackrest is installed on the server hosting the database. The goal is to explain…

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Daniel Westermann

EDB BART 2.0 – How to upgrade and block level incremental backups

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

We already have some posts on how you can use EDB BART to backup and restore your PostgreSQL instances from one central server (EnterpriseDB Backup and Recovery Tool (BART), getting started with postgres plus advanced server (2) – setting up a backup and recovery server). The current version you can download from the EnterpriseDB website is 1.1 but version 2.0 is in beta and can be tested already. The main new feature is that BART…

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