Blitz Result: Backups Not Performed Recently

Before we start working on anything, we need to know all our user databases are getting backed up.  This part of our SQL Server sp_Blitz script checks to see if there’s been a full backup in the last 7 days.

Often, someone set up maintenance plans to back up specific databases by checking their names.  They checked all of the database names that were present at the time, but then down the road, other people added more databases – without knowing they needed to check more boxes to get ‘em backed up.

In rare cases, like for multi-terabyte databases, sometimes there’s a full backup happening just once per month, and differential backups are done more frequently.  Our Blitz only checks the last 7 days, so you would see alerts here after the 7th of the month.

To Fix the Problem

For servers using maintenance plans, you can edit maintenance plans in SQL Server Management Studio under Management, Maintenance Plans.  Your server may have multiple maintenance plans, like one for system databases and one for user databases.

If you’re implementing backups for the first time, consider using Ola Hallengren’s free maintenance scripts.  They’re not quite as easy as maintenance plans, but they’re much more flexible.  Ola’s scripts even work with third party backup compression products.

To learn more about the importance of backups, check out our Backup & Recovery Step by Step training.

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