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Copy Databases to Other Servers

Topic Status: Some information in this topic is preview and subject to change in future releases. Preview information describes new features or changes to existing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2).

It is sometimes useful to copy a database from one computer to another, whether for testing, checking consistency, developing software, running reports, creating a mirror database, or, possibly, to make the database available to remote-branch operations.

There are several ways to copy a database:

  • Using the Copy Database Wizard

    You can use the Copy Database Wizard to copy or move databases between servers or to upgrade a SQL Server database to a later version. For more information, see Use the Copy Database Wizard.

  • Restoring a database backup

    To copy an entire database, you can use the BACKUP and RESTORE Transact-SQL statements. Typically, restoring a full backup of a database is used to copy the database from one computer to another for a variety of reasons. For information on using backup and restore to copy a database, see Copy Databases with Backup and Restore.

    Note Note

    To set up a mirror database for database mirroring, you must restore the database onto the mirror server by using RESTORE DATABASE <database_name> WITH NORECOVERY. For more information, see Prepare a Mirror Database for Mirroring (SQL Server).

  • Using the Generate Scripts Wizard to publish databases

    You can use the Generate Scripts Wizard to transfer a database from a local computer to a Web hosting provider. For more information, see Generate and Publish Scripts Wizard.

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