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Manage SQL backups across multiple servers
Configure SQL backup plans with advanced scheduling
Increase productivity with backup templates
Automatic SQL backup naming using variables
Restore to a point in time directly from timeline
Schedule and execute index maintenance tasks
Log shipping to multiple destinations
Cleanup SQL backup and restore history


Policy management

Create SQL backup policies for full, differential and transaction log backups and apply them to multiple databases at once

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Database restore scheduling

Schedule database restores from a folder scan with the latest full, differential and transaction log backups or directly from a selected backup file

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Log shipping

Ship logs by copying SQL backups to network shares and restoring onto multiple destination servers

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Instant SQL backup creation

Create SQL backups of multiple databases at once

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Centralized backup management

Save time by managing and monitoring all your SQL Server backup and restore jobs from a central location

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Complete activity history

View a complete history of backup and restoration activities on global, server, or database levels

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Advanced scheduling

Customize schedules for all maintenance operations

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Backup history and point-in-time restore

View historical activities on a timeline and restore a database to a desired point in time with a single click

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Naming schemes

Fully supports custom naming of SQL backup files, descriptions and backup sets using date, time, type and other variables

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Reorganize index

Schedule or perform immediate index reorganization by modifying an existing table or a view index, against a selected SQL Server instance and a database, including compact large objects as an additional option

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Rebuild index

Create a scheduled or an immediate index rebuild by modifying an existing table or a view index, against a selected SQL Server instance and a database

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Mirroring and split backups

Create multiple backup mirrors and split backup files

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Files and Filegroups restore

Restore Files and Filegroups per user selected Filegroups against specific database instances

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Intelligent backup cleanup

Cleanup backup and restore history from msdb database. Remove orphaned physical backup files

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Email notifications

Get instant email notifications when a backup or restore job fails or when an important job is successfully completed

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Multiple backup type support

Create full, differential, transaction log, filegroups or files, and copy-only backups

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Command line interface

Schedule and run all backup, restore, and transaction log commands unattended

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Database integrity check

Perform various DBCC CHECKDB actions after a database is successfully restored

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Backup validation

Automatically perform validation of created backups

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ApexSQL Backup – quick feature highlights

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ApexSQL Backup installation and troubleshooting guide

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How to create a simple database recovery solution using SQL Server log shipping

This article shows how to create and schedule a SQL Server log shipping job to prevent accidental data loss

SQL Server database backup encryption

This article shows how to encrypt backup files using T-SQL, SQL Server Management Studio, Maintenance Plans and ApexSQL Backup

How and when to schedule and perform shrinking of database files

This article gives some insights on how and when to schedule and perform shrinking of SQL Server database files

How to perform a SQL backup and restore history cleanup

This article shows a couple of solutions to purge the msdb database using native solutions and ApexSQL Backup

ApexSQL Backup
Dell® LiteSpeed for SQL Server 8.0 Idera® SQLsafe Backup 7.4 Redgate® SQL Backup Pro 7.7 Microsoft® SQL Server 2008/2012/2014
Backup cleanup
Backup templates
Central console manager
Central repository database
CLI support
Graphical point in time restore
Log shipping
(per instance)
(per named instance)
(per instance)
(per server)

Comparison was conducted on December 15, 2015

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