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How to Perform a Database Copy in SQL Server

Copying databases can often be quite useful, but knowing how to do it is crucial. In SQL Server, an easy way to copy a database is to use the “Database Copy Wizard.” Here’s how to do it using this wizard:

  1. First, open the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) application and connect to your SQL Server.

You can access the article where I previously explained the installation process from here.

2. In the “Databases” tab on the left, locate the database you want to copy. This is the database you’ll be duplicating.

3. Now, right-click on it and select the “Tasks” option, then click on “Copy Database” to start the Database Copy Wizard.

4. On the wizard’s initial screen, you’ll see the “Welcome to the Copy Database Wizard” message. Click “Next” to proceed.

5. On the “Select a Source Server and Database” screen, enter the name of your source SQL Server instance and, if necessary, provide authentication credentials. Then, choose the database you want to copy.

6. On the “Select a Destination Server and Database” screen, specify the name of your destination SQL Server instance and enter a new name for the copied database.

7. On the “Select Transfer Method” screen, you typically prefer to use the “Use the SQL Management Object method” option.

8. On the “Select Databases” screen, select the relevant database for the copy operation..

9. Next, on the “Configure Destination Database” screen, you can configure settings like database size, growth options, and other configurations.

10. “Configure the Package” will create an Integration Services package with your specified settings.

11. On the “Schedule and Start Copying” screen, you can choose to start the process immediately or create a scheduling plan.

12. In the final step, review the operation and click “Finish” to initiate the database copying process.

This process can take some time depending on your settings and the database’s size. Once completed, the new database will be created on the destination server.

So, you’ve successfully copied your database!

If you have any questions or details you would like to add, feel free to write me.

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