Aug 17, 2011

How to access SQL files from a BKS file?


I have a BKS file that is around 20GB. How do I extract the MSSQL files from that?



If the backup was created using ntbackup, you’d need to restore all or selected files from it using the Backup and Restore Wizard. If you trying to determine which files to restore, the SQL databases typically live in files with file extensions of MDF, LDF and NDF though that’s not a requirement.

I’m not sure if ntbackup guarantees database consistency when doing backups, so it’s possible the database would not restore cleanly.

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