How to restore every possible file object from the SQL server database Like a Pro?

Restore full SQL server backup

How to restore every possible file object from the SQL server database?

In certain scenarios, it becomes necessary to restore the database from the backup. This article describes what actions are needed to perform the complete database restore from the SQL server.

Before you start with the recovery you need to keep certain points in mind:

  • Backup and restore the database only within one version.
  • Make sure you are logged into Microsoft SQL server management studio as the user as if you are logged in with a different user the restoring may fail.

Restoring database command is the most basic and universal way to restore SQL server backups so let us review the way to SQL recovery.

Restore full SQL server backup

When you go for full backups it contains all the necessary information you need to restore the SQL Server backups at the point of time when the backup process is finished. Backups help to overwrite the database if it is existing or producing a new SQL server database.

  1. Open the object explorer and connect to the instance, SQL Server database engine later expand the instance.
  2. And right-click on Databases and later select restore database.
  3. Move on to the general page and use the source section for specifying the source and location of the backup set to restore by selecting any one of the following options.
  • Database – Next would be to select the database from the drop-down list wherein the list contains only the database which has been backed up according to the msdb backup history.

Note:  If the backup is been taken from a different server then the destination server won’t be having the backup information for the specified database. In that case, you need to select the device to manually specify the file or the device on where to restore.

  • Device – Click on the browse button to open and select the backup device dialogue box. Next, select a media type from the backup media type drop-down list. Depending on the type of media you select from the drop-down list, click add opens the dialogue box.
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Remove the selected files, tapes, or logical backup devices. Next would be the display of the media content of the selected file, tape, or logical backup device. The button may not operate if the media type is of URL. After selecting the backup media list box click OK and return to the general page.

  1. In the destination section, the database box is automatically populated and the name of the database is restored. To change the name, enter the new name in the database box.
  2. In the restore box, make it as default, and later the last backup is taken or opt to click on the timeline to access the backup timeline dialog box for selecting a manual point in time to stop the recovery action.
  3. In the backup sets to restore grid select the backup and the grid displays backup available for the specified location.
  4. Optionally, click on the files on the select page pane to access the files dialog box and you can restore the database to the new location by specifying a new restore destination for each file.
  5. For viewing or selecting the advanced options on the options page in the restore option panel, can start with the following options:
  • Overwriting the existing database.
  • Preserving the replication settings.
  • Restricting the access to restore the database.
  • Take the long backup before restoring.
  • Restoring operations may fail if there are active connections to the database. Check all the existing connection options for active connections between the database and Management studio is closed.
  • Select the prompt option to restore each backup.
  1. Click OK.