Even though Azure SQL Database provides built-in backup, you may still want to create a local copy of your Azure SQL database. This could be handy for example when you want to keep database backup copy for free longer than allowed by Microsoft Azure built-in tools which are usually 7 to 35 days, depending on your service tier. Here we will explain in detail how to backup Azure SQL Database to a Local Machine.
A central tenet of Disaster Recovery (DR) is that you should always maintain an offsite or off-premises copy of your critical database backups. The logic behind this is simple – if you don’t have access to your premises, for example in case of a natural disaster affecting your area, your offsite backups mean that you can restore them and still have access to your critical data. Let’s take a more in-depth look at cloud-based storage for your SQL Server backups. Continue reading How to set up Cloud-based Storage for SQL Server Backup
Microsoft’s own Windows Azure cloud is one of the most popular backup options for storage of SQL Server backups. It is especially attractive as an offsite storage medium for SQL Server backups because it is a Microsoft product and is already has tie-ins with the latest versions of SQL Server, beginning with 2012 Service Pack 1, Cumulative Update 2. Let’s take a closer look at how to save your SQL Server backups to Azure. Continue reading How to save SQL Server backups to Azure in SQLBackupAndFTP