This document will show you how to use SQL Server Management Studio to backup a database.
To perform the steps in this document you will need one of the SQL Server Management Studio editions mentioned in the Applies To section. This guide uses the SQL Server 2005 Management Studio Express edition, which is freely available from the link given in the Applies To section.
If you are working with a database on a server managed by an IT department, make sure you consult your IT department before following any of these steps. They may already have particular backup policies that you will need to adhere to.
If you are unsure and have an IT department, you should consult them first.
|Step 1||Start SQL Server Management studio and select the server to which you want to connect.|
|Step 2||Once you are connected, you should see a screen similar to the one on the left.|
|Step 3||Expand the "Databases" folder in the "Object Explorer" and select the database you wish to backup.|
|Step 4||Right click the selected database, open the "Tasks" submenu, and choose the "Backup..." option.|
A dialog will appear with some options.
When you have performed the steps above, your dialog should resemble the one on the left.
Click "Add.." to the right of the destination list.
Select the File Name option and click the button to the right of the destination field ("...")
In the Locate Database Files dialog, browse to the location to store the backup and in the File Name field enter a name for the backup followed by .Bak
For example MySharedGroup.Bak
If you are connected to a remote server, the backup location will be on the server, not your local machine.
|Step 8||To start the backup, click "OK"|
|Step 9||When the backup is complete, a message similar to the one on the left will appear.|
|Knowledge Base Article Ref:||KB13022701|