Consider backing up the event databases frequently, depending on the volume of audit data you collect and your established disaster recovery strategies. For best results, use the following guidelines:

  • Perform a full backup, including the transaction logs
  • Schedule the backup during off-hours, or times when you expect the least audit activity
  • Back up all event databases during the same backup procedure
  • Save each database to a separate backup file
  • Back up the SQLcompliance database during the same backup procedure to ensure audit data integrity remains intact

To back up the event databases:

  1. Use SQL Server Enterprise Manager or Management Studio to take the SQLcompliance database offline. If you cannot take the SQLcompliance database offline, stop the Collection Service.
  2. Use a tool such as IDERA SQL Safe to perform a full backup, including transaction logs, of the SQLcompliance database.
    For each event database, perform a full backup, including the transaction logs. Each registered SQL Server instance has a corresponding event database. For more information, see Product components and architecture.
  3. Use SQL Server Enterprise Manager or Management Studio to bring the SQLcompliance database online.



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