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SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Vol. 2 by Kimberly Tripp, Paul Randal, Paul Nielsen, Brad McGehee, Greg Low, Louis Davidson, Kalen Delaney

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Chapter 8. Page restores

Gail Shaw

It’s said that taking and verifying backups is a DBA’s first responsibility, but I believe that the most important thing is the ability to restore data when necessary, in as short a time as possible. That ability requires real knowledge and practical experience of effectively using the restore command, as well as the less commonly used page restore feature.

Restore granularities

There are several possible granularities at which a database can be fully or partially restored. I suspect that everyone is familiar with the full restore, a replacement of the entire database with whatever was in the backup, but that’s far from the only option you have.

The database can also be restored at a filegroup level if ...

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