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Sonia Fernandes
On 4/9/24, 1:07 PM

Hey there! You can automate this task by setting up a job on the SQL server. There are various methods you can explore online to achieve this. I find the SQL Server Agent to be quite handy for this purpose.

Navigate to the SQL Server Agent section in the SQL Object Explorer and proceed to create a new job.

Job properties:

  • Add a Step

In the Command section, insert the backup script. In this example, we're performing a full backup of a system folder. Ensure that each backup file is uniquely named with the current date appended to it, guaranteeing that all backups are preserved.

DECLARE @BackupFileName NVARCHAR(500);
DECLARE @DateTimeString NVARCHAR(50);
DECLARE @FormattedDateTimeString NVARCHAR(50);
SET @DateTimeString = REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(CONVERT(NVARCHAR(50), GETDATE(), 120), ':', ''), '-',''), ' ', '_'); -- Format: YYYYMMDD
SET @FormattedDateTimeString = 'C:\SQL Server\Backups\genfli0_' + @DateTimeString + '.bak';

In this example each backup file follows the naming convention 'getfli0_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS.bak', where 'YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS' represents the current date and time, ensuring uniqueness for each backup.

  • Add the Schedule

Moreover, tailor the job schedule according to your requirements.

To do this, you can set up a schedule that aligns with your preferred timing and frequency.


Before you proceed, ensure that the SQL Server Agent is up and running. You can verify this by checking either the SQL Server Configuration Manager or navigating to Computer Management > Services.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us.

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