You have a situation wherein you want to backup SQL Server database to a network mapped drive. So all you thought of doing is mapping the drive from Operating System with a Drive Letter. Now you tried taking the backup from SSMS backup GUI, however you cannot view the network mapped drive.
As per SQL Server Books-On-Line:
“For a network share to be visible to SQL Server, the share must be mapped as a network drive in the session in which SQL Server is running”
STEPS TO BACKUP DATABASE TO NETWORK MAPPED DRIVE:
Prerequisite: The steps are applicable on machines running under “Domain Account”.
Step # 1. Map the network drive:
EXEC xp_cmdshell ‘net use <drivename> <share name>’
Example: EXEC XP_CMDSHELL ‘net use H: \\machinename\sharename’
Step # 2. Verify drive mapping:
Example: EXEC XP_CMDSHELL ‘Dir H:’
Once done, you will be able to view the network mapped drive from Backup/Restore GUI.
Step # 3 (Optional). Delete the network map drive
Example: EXEC XP_CMDSHELL ‘net use H: /delete’
NOTE: Only flipside is that this network drive mapping will remain till next SQL Server Service restart. So, To make above ‘Network Drive mapping’ Permanent follow either of below options
Option 1. – Using Backup Device
– After completing Step # 1. and Step # 2. Create a “Backup Device” for above network mapped drive. For details refer >> How to: Define a Logical Backup Device for a Disk File
– Once “Backup Device” is created, network mapped drive will be visible across SQL Server reboot.
Option 2. – Using “start-up” Stored Procedure
Step 1. Create a Procedure
CREATE PROC map_drive_satrtup
EXEC xp_cmdshell 'net use <drivename> <share name>'
Step 2. Set Procedure Options
sp_procoption @ProcName = 'map_drive_satrtup'
, @OptionName = 'startup'
, @OptionValue = 'on'
Additionally…..while using XP_CMDSHELL option, if you get below ERROR????
The above error clearly indicates that you need to ENABLE xp_cmdshell. Use below command:
RECONFIGURE WITH OVERRIDE;
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