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 Aalishan Masood-Al-Farooq
Basit Farooq is an internationally known Lead SQL DBA, trainer, and freelance technology writer with nearly two decades of experience of working with the Microsoft technology stack. He has designed, developed and implemented many successful infrastructure database, data warehouse and business intelligence projects on time and within budget.
Basit has authored SQL Server 2014 Development Essentials book, published by Packt Publishing. He was also a technical reviewer for SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Blueprints, authored by Marlon Ribunal and Mickey Stuewe, and Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012, authored by James Serra and Bill Anton, both books were published by Packt Publishing. He has also written numerous articles and training materials related to databases, business intelligence and other areas of technology.
Basit holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from London Metropolitan University and industry-standard certifications from Microsoft, Sun, Cisco, Brainbench, ProSoft, and APM.
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