Sample back up strategy – Best explanation from MSDN


Sample Backup Strategy

The following illustration shows the easiest backup strategy under the full recovery model. In the illustration, a full database backup, Db_1, and two routine log backup, Log_1 and Log_2, have been taken. Some time after the Log_2 log backup, data loss occurs in the database. Before these three backups are restored, the database administrator must back up the active log (the tail of the log). The database administrator then restores Db_1, Log_1, and Log_2 without recovering the database. Then the database administrator restores and recovers the tail-log backup (Tail). This recovers the database to the point of failure, recovering all the data.

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