Minion Backup

Future release: Minion Backup by MidnightDBA is a stand-alone backup solution that can be deployed on any number of servers, for free. It is currently in development, and will include the same level of details and ease of use as our free Minion Reindex.

Advanced Tuning Thresholds

Filmed: 5/27/2015

Length: 00:19:33 minutes

Here I show you how to configure MB backup thresholds using the advanced options. If you're going to get it right you need to watch this video. We do not cover the basics from the last video so if haven't watched the Threshold Basics video you should see that one first.

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Azure Backups

Filmed: 5/28/2015

Length: 00:15:19 minutes

Here I show you how to setup backups to Azure blobs. This is an end to end video and I show you from both the Azure side, and the MB side.

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Certificate Backups

Filmed: 5/28/2015

Length: 00:12:29 minutes

Minion Backup will automatically backup your server-level and database-level certificates. Here I'll show you what you need to know to be successful with this feature.

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DB Groups

Filmed: 1/26/2016

Length: 00:09:47 minutes

Starting in version 1.2 we allow you to group DBs to make your includes and excludes much simpler. Here I'll show you how to use this rich feature. It's actually quite rich.

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Encrypted Backups

Filmed: 5/28/2015

Length: 00:10:19 minutes

SQL Server 2014 and above has native backup encryption and this is fully supported by Minion Backup. Here I'll show you how to setup and use this feature.

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File Actions

Filmed: 5/29/2015

Length: 00:24:44 minutes

This is an important feature. MB allows you to copy or move your backup files after you take the backup. There are some pretty cool features here so watch the vid and you'll see how easy it can be to add this important functionality to your backup scenario.

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Include/Exclude DBs

Filmed: 5/29/2015

Length: minutes

MB has a few ways to include and exclude DBs from the backup process. Here I walk you through the nuances of this feature.

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Mirroring Backups

Filmed: 5/29/2015

Length: 00:14:05 minutes

Mirroring backups is not only easy it's very flexible. Here I'll show you the ins and outs of setting up and managing mirrored backups.

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Path Basics

Filmed: 5/29/2015

Length: 00:20:51 minutes

One of the coolest aspects of MB is how it handles your backup paths. There are some really cool options for configuration and it even helps you with your DR scenarios. We've thought through so much here that we know you'll love it too.

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Replacing Diff Actions

Filmed: 5/29/2015

Length: 00:03:40 minutes

Some DBs are too small to need a differential backup. MB makes it really easy to supply different actions in these situations. You can have as many configs as you like without any extra jobs.

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Server Labels

Filmed: 5/29/2015

Length: 00:05:25 minutes

Server labels are one of our great HA features. This feature allows you to organize AG backups as well as mirroring, log shipping, and even cross-site DR scenarios.

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Shrinking Logs

Filmed: 5/29/2015

Length: 00:08:12 minutes

When logs get too large because of large transactions or missed backups it can cause issues in your environment. And the DBA usually has to step in and shrink the log. You shouldn't have to take time out of your day or get up in the middle of the night to manage this situation. MB makes this incredibly easy and it's also very flexible. Here I'll show you how easy it is to setup and manage this feature.

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Status Monitor

Filmed: 5/29/2015

Length: 00:05:32 minutes

We consider this one of our flagship features. The status of the current backup and of the entire job is updated in the log. You can see which backups are complete and even the percent complete of the current backup. We love this feature.

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Striping Backup Files

Filmed: 5/29/2015

Length: 00:12:06 minutes

Striping backups is an important step in tuning your backups so they run nice and fast. MB makes it so easy to have specialized configurations without any extra jobs. Here I show you how easy it is to setup and manage striped backups.

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Tuning Threshold Basics

Filmed: 5/27/2015

Length: 00:22:17 minutes

One of Minion Backup's most incredible features is its dynamic tuning. Here I talk about threshold basics and how to configure the settings to do what you need without any extra jobs.

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