sys.backup_devices (Transact-SQL)

Applies to: SQL Server

Contains a row for each backup-device registered by using sp_addumpdevice or created in SQL Server Management Studio.

Column name Data type Description
name sysname Name of the backup device. Is unique in the set.
type tinyint Type of backup device:

2 = Disk

3 = Diskette (obsolete)

5 = Tape

6 = Pipe (obsolete)

7 = Virtual device (for optional use by third-party backup vendors)

9 = URL

Typically, only disk (2) and URL (9) are used.
type_desc nvarchar(60) Description of backup device type:


DISKETTE (obsolete)


PIPE (obsolete)

VIRTUAL_DEVICE (for optional use by third party backup vendors)


Typically, only DISK and URL are used.
physical_name nvarchar(260) Physical file name or path of the backup device.


The visibility of the metadata in catalog views is limited to securables that a user either owns or on which the user has been granted some permission. For more information, see Metadata Visibility Configuration.

See Also

Catalog Views (Transact-SQL)
BACKUP (Transact-SQL)
Backup Devices (SQL Server)
sp_addumpdevice (Transact-SQL)
Databases and Files Catalog Views (Transact-SQL)
Querying the SQL Server System Catalog FAQ