Smarter Differential Backups

Dennes Torres shows us how we can use a new column in an old DMV to make our full vs differential backup processes smarter:

What are the possibilities with this new field ? We are now able to check how many extents have changed since last full backup and decide if a full backup is really needed or we can live with a differential backup, achieving smarter backup plans.

Change our full backup jobs to first check this field and decide if the backup will be full or differential can save space and maintenance time with databases that aren’t updated so often.

Read on to learn more about this new column, which will be available in SQL Server 2017.

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