Data Management

How Do I... Restore a SQL Server database to a new server?

By Steven Warren

As a DBA, I have been in many situations where I had to move databases to a new server due to old hardware, failed hardware, failed drives, etc. You have two options you could use to carry out this task:

  • SQL Server Management Studio (GUI)
  • T-SQL (Command line)
The method I prefer is T-SQL. It is simple and easy and avoids clicking the mouse all over the screen. This How do I... will show you both methods and allow you to choose the one you prefer.

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Hi, I am using incremental updated backups as part of my disaster recovery strategy. I have tested this against multiple scenarios and it works. M y question now is how do I restore all me databases from my backups incase the whole dell sever crushes.