We have a DR (standby database) site located 1000 km away from our primary database site. We have configured log shipping for the site and we want a complete database backup at the DR site every four days. How can we achieve this?

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There are different approaches for handling a standby site. One approach is using log shipping such as you have stated above. There are a couple of ways to handle the movement of such a large amount of data like the full backup.
  • Use a third party backup tool that allows you to do compression of the backup files such as:

  • Write your full backup to multiple files, so each of these can be sent individually. These can also be compressed using WinZip or some other compression software.

  • Use a third party fail over solution that keeps the two boxes in synch. These tools also have compression capabilities to allow you to send data over a WAN. Some of these tools include:

This was first published in August 2006

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