Iperius Backup is a complete backup software for SQL Server. It’s very easy to use but also very flexible and powerful. Iperius is able to backup SQL Server databases “on the fly”, without interrupting any database service.
Iperius Backup is compatible with all SQL Server editions: 2005, 2008, 2012, 2014, SQL Server 2016, SQL Server 2017, SQL Server 2019, and SQL Express (and also with SQL Server vNext on Linux).
Iperius can back up unlimited servers and databases with a single license, regardless of whether the database server is on the local machine, in the local network or remote. Iperius can make SQL Server backups from any Windows system in the network, without the need for any requirement. Also, it can automatically back up your databases to any destination, local (NAS, tape, etc …) and online (Cloud, Dropbox, Amazon S3, Google Drive, FTP).
Finally, with Iperius you can also make the backup of transaction logs and truncate them.
From the program main window, create a new backup job:
Add a new SQL Server backup item, clicking the dedicated button (circled in red in the image below):
First you’ve to create an account to connect to the database server. To do that, you need the server address, username and password. You can immediately test the connection using the dedicated button.
If your database server is on a port different than the default one, append the port number with a comma at the end of the server address (e.g., 192.168.0.102,3650)
Once you created the account, you can select it in the backup configuration window. Click on “Connect” and go ahead clicking “Next”.
You can now configure the main options: you can choose if automatically backup all databases on the server or select a one or more database, simply checking the databases from the list.
The following options allow you to specify the destination folder or choose if create the backup files in the SQL Server default folder. For local servers (if the database server and Iperius are installed on the same machine), you can also use special variables to customize the folder name, for example creating a folder using the week day name. For remote servers, if you don’t know the exact path on the remote file system, it’s recommended to use the default folder.
The option “Copy backup files in the job destinations” allows to automatically make a further copy of backup files to the destinations configured in the backup job. This copy can be made to all the destination types allowed by Iperius, such as FTP servers, NAS devices, RDX drives, LTO tape drives, cloud spaces (Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive), computers in the network, external USB drives, etc. All these destinations can be added subsequently in the next panel “Destinations” once you completed the SQL Server backup item configuration.
The next group of options allows to configure several backup parameters: the native compression (backup files can be created on disk already compressed), the backup integrity verification, and the possibility to give a customized name to backup files, also using special variables. Finally, Iperius can automatically compress backup files into zip archives, and protect them using the AES 256 bit encryption.
Click on “Next” to go to the following panel, where you can choose if you want to backup the transaction log, shrink the transaction log file or alter the database recovery model:
Finally you have the Summary of the SQL Backup item configuration. Review the options you selected and click “OK” to save it:
Now the SQL Server backup configuration is finished. If you want, you can add an additional destination in the next panel “Destinations”.
If instead you don’t want to copy the backups files to further destinations, you can leave the “Destinations” list empty, since the primary destination is already included in the SQL Server backup item.
In the next panels, you can set up a detailed scheduling, to run the backup automatically at specific days and times, and the email notifications, to be always informed about the correct result of backup procedures. You can find more details in the following tutorials:
In the final panel, choose the backup job name and click OK to save it.
Once the backup job is saved, you can immediately run it by right-clicking on it.
SQL Server backup is available starting from the Advanced DB edition, that, at only €149 (perpetual license), allows to back up all the most popular databases: SQL Server, SQL Express, Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL. With a single license you can back up unlimited databases without any restriction. If you’re searching the most affordable, simple and feature-rich solution for database backup, Iperius is undoubtedly the best choice.