Copying our disaster recovery database on a SQL Server

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Disaster Recovery
Disaster recovery (DR) testing
Disaster Recovery Database
Disaster recovery planning
Log Shipping
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We are using log shipping on our SQL Server as our disaster recovery solution. When we want to test our disaster recovey with a test transaction, not production, we need to use the secondary copy. However, we don't want to stop it and lose consistency between disaster recovery and the production copy. How can we quickly get a copy of our disaster recovery database that will reside on the same server?

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There isn’t really an easy way to do this.

About the easiest way to do it would be to stop the SQL Service on the DR server, and copy the database files. Then restart the datbase serer. Then attach the copied files as another database name. How quick it backs up will depend on how large the database is.

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