Creating a backup using SQL Server Command Line (T-SQL)
By: Greg Robidoux
Creating command line backups is very straightforward. There are basically two commands that allow you to create backups, BACKUP DATABASE and BACKUP LOG.
Here are some simple examples on how to create database and log backups using T-SQL. This is the most basic syntax that is needed to create backups to disk.
Create a SQL Server full backup
BACKUP DATABASE AdventureWorks TO DISK = 'C:\AdventureWorks.BAK' GO
Create a SQL Server transaction log backup
BACKUP LOG AdventureWorks TO DISK = 'C:\AdventureWorks.TRN' GO
This is basically all you need to do to create the backups. There are other options that can be used, but to create a valid and useable backup file this is all that needs to be done.
To read more about these options take a look at these topics:
Last Update: 3/12/2009