Log Shipping Administration

You can use log shipping to send transaction logs from one database (the primary database) to another (the secondary database) on a constant basis. Continually backing up the transaction logs from a primary database and then copying and restoring them to a secondary database keeps the secondary database nearly synchronized with the primary database. The destination server acts as a backup server and provides a way to reallocate query processing from the primary server to one or more read-only secondary servers. Log shipping can be used with databases using the full or bulk-logged recovery models.

Applies to: SQL Server 2008 R2 and higher versions.


For information about which editions of SQL Server support log shipping, see Features Supported by the Editions of SQL Server 2008 R2.

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