Add a SQL server database host and discover the database

Before you can protect SQL server databases, complete the following:

  • Review your network configuration, including firewall ports. Pay close attention to our notes on how to SQL database discovery considerations.

  • Install the Backup and DR Service agent on the database hosts.

  • Make sure the database permissions are set correctly.

SQL database discovery considerations

  • Backup/recovery appliances support Microsoft SQL server on Microsoft Windows server.

  • Discovery relies on SQL VSS writer. For the discovery to work correctly, SQL VSS writer must be installed and running on the host.

  • Appliances can manage Microsoft SQL servers, SQL instances, consistency groups of SQL Server databases, and SQL availability groups.

  • For a SQL failover appliance, the discovery needs to be run on either the active node—or node IP—or appliance node—or appliance IP. Otherwise, clustered databases aren't discovered.

Add the host

Add the host to the management console. If the host has already been added, then edit the host and make sure to set all the configurations correctly.

  1. Click Manage > Hosts, then click + Add Host.

  2. On the Add Host page, complete the following:

    • Name: Provide the database server name.

    • IP Address: Provide the database server IP and click the plus sign (+).

    • Appliances: Select the checkbox for the appliance.

    • Host Type: Make sure this is Generic.

  3. Click Add at bottom right to add the host. The host is added.

  4. Right-click the host and select Edit.

  5. Leave the Staging Disk Format as Block.

  6. Enter the username and password that you set up in Application Discovery Credentials.

  7. Select Save.

Discover SQL server instances and databases

Use the following instructions to discover SQL server instances and databases:

  1. Click App Manager > Applications, select Add Application.

  2. Select SQL Server on the Add Application page, then select the SQL server database host. If you have many hosts, you can use the search feature or use the filter to see only hosts that are managed by a specific backup/recovery appliance.

  3. Select the host and click Next. This runs the discovery on the SQL server host and discovers all SQL server instances and databases running on it.

Find the discovered instances and databases in the App Manager

To find the newly-discovered database, go to the App Manager Applications list. All applications known to the management console of all types are listed. Use the Type application filter to show only SQL server database instances. The new SQL server instances and databases appear in the list as unmanaged—the red shield icon.

What's Next

Configure backup plans for Microsoft SQL server instances and databases

The Backup and DR Service SQL server DBA guide

This page is one in a series of pages specific to protecting and recovering Microsoft SQL server databases with Backup and DR Service. You can find additional information at: