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Restore SQL Cluster

Post by myFist » Jan 11, 2018 11:42 am

Hello,

we backup our SQL Cluster with Veeam Agent 2.1 and Veeam B&R 9.5 U3.. The backups works fine, but now we try a restore.
So we need a sql standard staging server (cause of database larger 10 GB), we cant use the cluster itself. So we need a additonal SQL Server Standard with one more expensive license?
We want to workaround this, but the cluster-backup limitation says: database export via veeam explorer not possible..

Is there a way to restore a sql cluster without an additional licensed sql server?

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Re: Restore SQL Cluster

Post by Gostev » Jan 11, 2018 12:33 pm 1 person likes this post

Hi, Robin - as far as I know, staging SQL server is required for transaction-level recovery functionality only (that step in the wizard where you can select the specific SQL transaction to restore to), so it is very optional to have. You should be able to do regular point-in-time restores without staging SQL server. Thanks!

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Re: Restore SQL Cluster

Post by foggy » Jan 11, 2018 1:29 pm 1 person likes this post

Correct, staging SQL Server is required for specific types of restores only (restore to a specific transaction or export to a point in time). Other restore types do not require staging SQL Server. In addition to that, I believe that trial version should be ok, since Veeam B&R itself does not check SQL Server license.

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Re: Restore SQL Cluster

Post by myFist » Jan 11, 2018 2:27 pm

Thank you, we'll restore the db and will go back in time then with transactionlogs.

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Re: Restore SQL Cluster

Post by myFist » Jan 12, 2018 11:22 am

One more question: Which is the best practice for a disaster restore of a sql cluster with 1 active and 1 passive node? Backup by Veeam Agents.
1. Restore both nodes via recovery media
2. Reconnect shared disks for sql cluster
3. Reconfigure / check configuration sql cluster
4. Restore Databse via veeam b&r ?

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Re: Restore SQL Cluster

Post by Dima P. » Jan 12, 2018 4:41 pm 1 person likes this post

Robin,
faust wrote:Restore both nodes via recovery media
You can perform a Bare Metal Recovery of your nodes. If it’s a single node it should be synced with your cluster automatically on first boot. If you want to restore entire cluster – you have to perform Bare Metal Recovery for every node one by one. Please keep in mind that you should use restore points from the same point it time.
faust wrote:Reconnect shared disks for sql cluster?
Information about clustered storage should be restored too.
faust wrote:Restore Databse via veeam b&r ?
If that’s required (in case DB is sitting on a clustered stored it should be reconnected after both nodes are restored)

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