Backup all MSSQL databases

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Summary

This article explains how to backup all MSSQL databases on a server through a simple query within SQL Management Studio.

Steps

Log into the server via Remote Desktop, open SQL Management Studio and run the following query.  Note that the backup location (C:\Backup in this case) must exist before running this query.  Once run all of the database backups will be in that location.

DECLARE @name VARCHAR(50) -- database name
DECLARE @path VARCHAR(256) -- path for backup files
DECLARE @fileName VARCHAR(256) -- filename for backup
DECLARE @fileDate VARCHAR(20) -- used for file name
SET @path = 'C:\Backup\'
SELECT @fileDate = CONVERT(VARCHAR(20),GETDATE(),112)
DECLARE db_cursor CURSOR FOR
SELECT name
FROM master.dbo.sysdatabases
WHERE name NOT IN ('master','model','msdb','tempdb')
OPEN db_cursor
FETCH NEXT FROM db_cursor INTO @name
WHILE @@FETCH_STATUS = 0
BEGIN
SET @fileName = @path + @name + '_' + @fileDate + '.BAK'
BACKUP DATABASE @name TO DISK = @fileName
FETCH NEXT FROM db_cursor INTO @name
END
CLOSE db_cursor
DEALLOCATE db_cursor


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Category: Database

Last Modified:Thursday, February 14, 2013 8:46 AM

Type: HOWTO

Level: Novice

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