Two Backup Windows

October 22, 2002

[From SQL Server Magazine]

Closing backup windows is one of the most difficult and overlooked challenges you face as a DBA. On one hand, the window of time you have to perform a backup is shrinking, closing in on you. Databases are growing larger even as availability demands increase, leaving you with precious few minutes to back up your critical data. On the other hand, you need to make sure that your backup is secure, closing all inappropriate access paths. So, you're dealing with a time window that's closing -- whether you want it to or not -- and a security window that you need to keep closed at all times.

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