A user is always confident when he uses SQL Server because it has restore features. His database jobs are working efficiently and they are being backed up on a regular basis. He is assured that even if something happens, he can restore his database. Then, one day it finally happens, the server crashes and the database are corrupted.

What can be done then?

SQL Server restore will do the work for you. A database can be restored using Enterprise Manager or Query Analyzer. However, many people who don’t know Transact-SQL prefers to use Enterprise Manager because it has a graphical user interface and tend to be easier.

First, to restore a database using Enterprise Manager, the user must right click on the database that he wants to restore and select the All Tasks menu item. This would get him to the Restore Database option item.

Second, the user will enter the name of the database that he wants to restore. If the database is there already, then it shall be overwritten by the data present in the back up set.

Third, the user needs to enter the selection of the backup type that he needs to restore. The options are database, filegroups or files. There is also a dropdown on the screen, which can aid the user in knowing which backup has already been done. This is helpful when the user is not certain of the backups to restore.

SQL Server Restore is a very useful function. The user must always keep in mind that it is better to spend much time and effort backing up than regretting it later when disaster strikes.

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