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About Phoenix for MS-SQL servers

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Druva Phoenix supports backup and restore of databases created and managed using MS-SQL server. On a system, you can have one or more MS-SQL server instances, and each instance can have multiple databases. Druva Phoenix lets you back up and restore:

Phoenix agent version 4.7.1 and later discovers the stand-alone instances and AGs running on the physical server for backup configuration. The Phoenix Management Console displays the discovered instances and AGs under the Protect >MS-SQL servers > All SQL Resources page. You can configure these instances and AGs for backup.   

Druva Phoenix lets you perform the following backup and restore jobs for databases:

Backup-restore methods

Standalone instance/FCI

Availability group

Full backup


  • Supported on the primary node
  • Copy-only on the secondary node
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After you configure Druva Phoenix to back up databases of the standalone instances and AGs, Druva Phoenix performs an ever incremental backup after applying deduplication. For more information, see Key Concepts and Terms


Druva Phoenix components for MS-SQL servers are briefly described below:

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  • Phoenix Management Console: Phoenix Management Console is a web-based, unified console that provides complete visibility and a high-level understanding of the health status of servers that you have registered.  You can globally view and configure instances/AGs for backup, restore, and archival of databases. It provides administrators with the ability to:
    • Register and configure instances/AGs to back up databases in their organization’s server infrastructure.
    • Control Druva Phoenix activities by defining the policy for backup schedule and retention.
    • Monitor backup and restore jobs, activities, and view reports.
  • Druva Cloud: The server-side component of Druva Phoenix. 
  • Phoenix agent: Phoenix agent installed on the server, which hosts your MS-SQL instances. Phoenix agent is used for:
    • Registering and activating a server
    • Executing backup database jobs
    • Executing restore database jobs
    • Discovering MS-SQL server information, such as instances and AGs running on a server, and sending this information to the cloud
  • Phoenix CloudCache: Phoenix CloudCache is a dedicated server that stores backup data based on its retention settings.  At periodic intervals, Phoenix CloudCache synchronizes this data to Druva Cloud relaxing the bandwidth consumption in your infrastructure. 
    For more information, see Phoenix CloudCache.

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To know more about full, differential, and log backups for MS-SQL servers, see Microsoft documentation:

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