Common doubts

  • License

    The goal of this software is to benefit users with a free software. However I have spent many hours in programming and testing it. So please give me credit and do not reproduce it or sell it. See the complete END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT

  • Why is it free?

    A couple years ago, I found myself in need of an application that could do backups of my client’s databases, compress them and automatically send them through FTP. Some of my clients only have Express version and those capabilities are not available in it.

    Searching the Internet I found a couple applications that have these capabilities but they were either too expensive (at least to my clients budget!) or the less expensive ones were command based that could make partially what I needed. So I decided to create my own application to satisfy my necessities. I started with something simple, but as I worked in the program, I realized that it would be great if it could perform more tasks, considering that other users could have the same problem I had. That is how I decided to create a more robust application.

  • Why and how to donate?

    I have put a lot of my spare time working on this tool, as well as some personal fundings to buy software licenses (databases, operating systems, .Net components) to develop it. Furthermore, I’m very enthusiastic in developing new features and support new versions of databases and OS. So it would be nice if you collaborate to make this happen. Finally, with your donations you will be collaborating with charities in my country Guatemala.

  • Who do you help with your donations?

    In Guatemala, the elder population has very little or almost none attention from public institutions, most of them, when family members are unable to support them, end up in the streets asking for money. My grandfather was an elder man who needed special assistance and had our family support, but not all people is so lucky, this is what opened my eyes to this necessity in my country. This situation has opened my eyes about the wonderful job institutions like Cabecitas de Algodón and SENILIA do to give elder women and men dignity, comfort, and respect through the end of their lives. I have no personal relationships with the staff of neither one of these institutions, the donations that will be given are charity.

  • Suggestions

    If you have any suggestions or improvements or just want say something just send me an email support at sqlserverbooster dot com

  • Technical doubts

  • System requirements

    You don’t need too much resources, is designed to consume as few resources as possible to avoid impacting your computer use. SQLServerBooster will work on Windows XP and up. Besides you need .NET Framework 4.

  • Database versions and editions tested

    Versions and editions tested

    • Microsoft SQL Server ® 32-bits, 64-bits and Itanium (Supported with the latest Service Pack but not required)
      • 2000 all versions
      • 2005 all versions
      • 2008 all versions
      • 2008 R2 all versions
      • 2012 all versions
      • 2014 all versions
      • 2016 all versions
      • 2017 all versions
      • 2019 all versions

    Note: This doesn’t mean that don’t work in other SQL Server versions and editions, it’s just I don’t have access to try on those others. If you already tried it, let me know to update this section.

  • Operating System versions tested

    Versions tested

    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional ® SP3
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate ® 32-bits SP1 and 64-bits SP1
    • Microsoft Windows 8 Professional ® 32-bits and 64-bits
    • Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional ® 32-bits and 64-bits
    • Microsoft Windows 10 Professional ® 32-bits and 64-bits
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 ® 32-bits SP2 and 64-bits SP2
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 ® 64-bits
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 ® 64-bits
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 ® 64-bits
    • Microsoft Windows 10 ®
    • Microsoft Windows 11 ®

  • The software writes into my databases or gather any information?

    Absolutely NOT. For any reasons the software writes (insert/updates/delete/alter) any information in your databases. I DON’T gather any information about your servers, databases or data.

  • What kind of users can make backups?

    Usually you only need to be sure that the user you choose to configure the backup task has the grants to do a backup operations in your servers and databases. With the option REMOTE (Script) you have to be sure that the user has access to read the sys tables. Example ‘sys.types’ and ‘sys.schemas’.

  • How works the REMOTE (Script) option?

    This option instead of make a ‘.bak’ file, generates a script file with all the database schema and data. Be aware that with the TIMESTAMPS data type the behavior is the same as if you generate your script with Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, and this is simply not to generate the insert specific to this type of columns. You have to be sure that the user has access to read the sys tables. Example ‘sys.types’ and ‘sys.schemas’.

  • What it is MS SQL Server Backup Compression option?

    Since MS SQL Server ® 2008, Microsoft introduces the capability of compress natively the backup. Not all the editions support this option. I suggest always check this feature, if it is not available doesn’t matter, because SQLServerBooster internally always check it before apply. If you want to know more about this feature read this article in MSDN.

  • Metrics

    To improve SQLServerBooster some usage statistics are collected:

    • A unique UUID random identifier
    • Database engine being used
    • Cloud service being used
    • Microsoft Windows ® version
    • SQLServerBooster version
    • Compressed backup file size