Copying database under a different name in MSSQL

We support MS SQL Server 2005 Express. There is one production database on it. Our customer needs a copy of that database under a different name for testing purposes. There is no Copy Database task in Express and some people suggest BACKUP/RESTORE. Can anyone provide a cookbook recipe for doing that? Should we use COPY ONLY or what else to keep in mind so that the original database stays up and happy?

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asked Oct 23, 2009 at 06:51 AM in Default

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From Books Online (the help file)

   TO AdventureWorksBackups ;

   FROM AdventureWorksBackups ;

   FROM AdventureWorksBackups 
   WITH MOVE 'AdventureWorks_Data' TO 'C:\MySQLServer\testdb.mdf',
   MOVE 'AdventureWorks_Log' TO 'C:\MySQLServer\testdb.ldf';


HTH, Stu

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answered Oct 23, 2009 at 07:42 AM

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You are right to be considering COPY ONLY if the production database is set to Full Recovery mode and log backups are occuring frequently.

As MSDN/BOL states

A copy-only backup is a SQL Server backup that is independent of the sequence of conventional SQL Server backups. Usually, taking a backup changes the database and affects how later backups are restored. However, occasionally, it is useful to take a backup for a special purpose without affecting the overall backup and restore procedures for the database. For this purpose, copy-only backups were introduced SQL Server 2005.

The syntax for this is

BACKUP DATABASE database_name TO <backup_device>  WITH COPY_ONLY

If taking a backup isn't going to affect the backup strategy in place, then you can follow the steps that Stuart Ainsworth gave.

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answered Oct 23, 2009 at 12:02 PM

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The MSSQL server is being backed up by running this command every night (via Windows Scheduled Tasks): expressmaint -S (local) -D ALL_USER -T DB -R c:\reports -RU WEEKS -RV 1 -B D:\SQL -BU DAYS -BV 7 -V > D:\sql\log.log

Would it affect this backup strategy?
Oct 23, 2009 at 05:08 PM Henno
Henno: do you know what recovery mode the databases are in?
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