Reducing SQL Server backup and restore time

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Backup and restore
SQL Server backup and restore
SQL Server performance tuning
Our database is big (about 320 GB) and it takes some time to backup and restore. The client wants us to suggest techniques that would reduce the time. I have tried "piecemeal" restoring, which allows you to backup and restore individual filegroups in the database. It works fine with all the filegroups -- except for the FILESTREAM ones, which I can backup but not restore. Can you suggest how to do this or any other workaround that will reduce the backup and restore time.



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sql server

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Use backup compression either natively if you are using SQL Server 2008 Enterprise or via a third party product like Redgate’s SQL Backup, or Quest’s LiteSpeed for SQL Server.

A database that size (when using fast storage) should like about 1-2 hours to backup.

Using compression you’ll also get a much smaller backup file to deal with.

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