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Verifying Database Backups

Lori Brown reminds us to perform checksums and verify backups on completion:

I found out that I have been missing something from our regular database backups that I had no idea that I should have been using all along.  I know about verifying your backup file and have incorporated into our standard maintenance routines one that will periodically test backups by restoring using VERIFYONLY.  However, I totally missed also having CHECKSUM specified when creating backup files.  Ugh!!  Not sure how that happened but I am totally onboard with it now.  Better late than never!

Lori does explain what the consequences are in terms of time and CPU utilization so that you’re aware of the tradeoffs when enabling these options.