How to Backup MSSQL Database from SQL Server Management Studio?

To take MS SQL database backup, first you need to connect to MS SQL Server through SQL Server Management Studio. Please refer our articles below:

How do I connect to MSSQL Server 2008 from SQL Server Management Studio
How do I connect to MSSQL Server 2012 from SQL Server Management Studio

  1. Once you are connected to Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine, at left hand side in Object Explorer pane, click the SQL server name to expand the server tree.
  2. Expand Databases and right-click on the database, select Tasks and click Backup. This will open up Backup-database window.

    Take Backup

  3. In the Backup type list box select Full, for Backup component, click Database.

    Backup Database

  4. Enter name for the backup set or accept the suggested default backup set name.
  5. Enter Description of the backup set (optional).
  6. Choose the type of backup destination to Disk and click Add. Now select the destination where you want to store the database.

    Store Database

  7. Once you select the backup destination, click Ok.
  8. Make sure that your chosen backup destination is listed in destination box and click Ok.


  9. Navigate to backup destination and verify the backup file.
  10. That’s it.

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