Incremental MySQL Server Backup via Binary Log

Making backups is necessary, but doing this with large databases may involve high server load and using up storage space. And only creating a backup once a day or once a week could lead to losing hours of work. So how can you make backups more often without overloading the server? Incremental backups can help you with this.

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How to backup remote SQL Server database using SqlBak

With the help of SqlBak, you can backup your remote SQL Server databases according to your schedule. A standard BACKUP DATABASE command doesn’t work on a remote SQL Server — only scripts can be generated. If there is a choice between script generation or performing backups in *.bak files, it is always recommended to run the standard BACKUP DATABASE command to get *.bak files. Scripts have some drawbacks: they are larger and do not support differential and transaction log backups. A more detailed explanation about remote backups can be found in the following blog post.

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How to backup and restore Amazon RDS SQL Server

Amazon RDS SQL Server is a cloud database from Amazon. The way RDS SQL Server performs backups is the main difference between this and the classic SQL Server. It offers the following: snapshots, restore point-in-time, Export Data-tier Application and native backup to S3 (instead of native T-SQL BACKUP DATABASE construction).

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How to Copy SQL Server Databases from Windows to Linux

Now that Microsoft has released SQL Server for Linux, even if your main tech stack is tied to a Windows Server you may want to copy the database to another SQL Server located on a Linux computer. This can come in handy, for example, if you wanted to provide developers with a database for testing without buying a Windows Server license. 

There are a few ways to tackle this task. This article examines the following methods to copy the SQL Server database from Windows to Linux:

  2. Generation of T-SQL database script (such as mysqldump)
  3. Creating BACPAC
  4. SqlBak service

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PostgreSQL DBMS – /bin/sh: 1: /usr/bin/psql: not found

If during setting up of SqlBak on Linux or during a backup job one of the following errors occurs:

PostgreSQL DBMS – /bin/sh: 1: /usr/bin/psql: not found
PostgreSQL DBMS – /bin/sh: 1: /usr/bin/pgdump: not found

it means that SqlBak app could not find the path to postgresql executables. By default, SqlBak looks for postgresql files in the /usr/bin/psql directory. 

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How to Automate MySQL Database Backups in Linux

The solutions described in this blog post work for any Linux distribution: Ubuntu, Red Hat, Open SUSE, CentOS, Debian, Oracle Linux etcю However, the package installation commands may differ.

The automatic backup of MySQL Server databases is very important for preventing data loss. In order to properly automate backups, you must follow the following steps:

  1. Create a database backup
  2. Zip the backup
  3. Encrypt the compressed file
  4. Send the backup to Internet storage using FTP, Dropbox, AWS, Google Drive, etc.
  5. Receive email notification concerning backup results
  6. Create a backup schedule
  7. Delete old backups

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