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Taking a snapshot of the database and relevant partitions

I like to ask about backup and recovery of SQL Server 2000 servers, along with other hard disk partitions within the same server where the data is located (not an offline backup). The database only keeps a reference to this data. Most MS SQL Server reference books talk purely on backup/recovery with the database, perhaps using EM or some other tools. What can I do, in order to take a "snapshot" of the database and the relevant partitions? Is it really a snapshot or will there be some discrepancies?

If you require the synchronized backup of SQL Server databases with external resources, the only way to accomplish that is to lock out all access to the database and the external resources from all users. You would then take backups of both the database and the external resource. Since all access is locked out, they would be synchronized.


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