Differential Database Backup

ByDr. SubraMANI Paramasivam

Differential Database Backup

This post is to cover differential database backup in Microsoft SQL Server. You can try this in your local system and for this demo, I am using AdventureWorksDW2008R2 database. You can download this from this link.

In the below image, you can see the database backup options that are available by navigating to the Database and then right click and choose Tasks => Back Up…


Following this, a new pop-up appears which gives much options to choose the available backup options. In here, I have highlighted “Backup type” and selected “Differential”. If you click on the drop down box, you will then see options for other types of backups.


In “Backup set”, I am giving a name for the differential backup. And then at last choosing the “Destination”, where the backup file will be placed. In here you also have options to Add new location, remove the default location.

Also you can use below T-SQL scripts to take backups instead of using GUI interface.

BACKUP DATABASE [AdventureWorksDW2008R2]
NAME = N’AdventureWorksDW2008R2-Differential Database Backup’, SKIP, NOREWIND, NOUNLOAD, STATS = 10

NOTE: Full Database backup should be taken before taking differential backup.

Give a try at your end.


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Dr.SubraMANI Paramasivam is a Data Platform MVP, Power BI Group Leader, International Speaker, Microsoft Certified Trainer and Principal Solutions Architect at DAGEOP Ltd, having 20+ years of DB, BI & Analytics experience. Dr.SubraMANI Paramasivam is a frequent speaker in SQLBITS, PASS Summit, PASS SQL Saturdays, SQLRelay, Data Platform Summit, MCT Summit, SQLServerGeeks Summit, INSIDESQL UK, Data Awareness Programmes, Data Day Events. He likes to enlighten the education & data and started his own journey with FREE Data Awareness Programme (www.dataap.org), in remote areas who are in need. Mani speaks a lot about Visualization, Data Science, R Analytics, Azure concepts, Performance Tuning, DB & SQL Server Architecture, DBA, Partitioning, Resource Governor, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, Development, T-SQL Programming and Microsoft certifications.

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