Database Snapshots - A View of Database at a Specific Point in Time

Beginning with SQL Server 2005, Microsoft introduced a new feature called database snaphots, which gives DBAs a way of presenting a consistent view of data at a certain time. So in other words we can say that it is a static, read-only copy of a source database that gives you a consistent view of a database as of a certain point in time. You can use the snapshot for operations supported by a read-only database, such as reporting applications. You can create multiple database snapshots on a source database. You can recover the source database to the point when the snapshot was created from a database snapshot. However, when recovering from a snapshot, the source database must be available.

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Basit Farooq

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