#PSTip Backing up SQL transaction log using SMO

Note: This tip requires PowerShell 2.0 or above.

In an earlier tip, we looked at how we can use SQL SMO to perform database backup. In today’s tip, we shall see how we can perform transaction log backup in PowerShell.

If you have observed the code in the earlier tip, we used an enumeration called BackupActionType. We can use the same enumeration for performing a transaction log backup.

Let us see how:

Add-Type -AssemblyName "Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=89845dcd8080cc91"
Add-Type -AssemblyName "Microsoft.SqlServer.SMOExtended, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=89845dcd8080cc91"

$server = New-Object Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server $env:ComputerName
$backup = New-Object Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Backup -Property @{
   Action = [Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.BackupActionType]::Log
   BackupSetDescription = "Transaction Log backup of MyDB"
   BackupSetName = "MyDB TLog backup set"
   Database = "MyDB"
   MediaDescription = "Disk"

$backup.Devices.AddDevice("C:\Backup\MyDB-TLog.bak", 'File')

In the above snippet, Action = [Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.BackupActionType]::Log is what defines that we want to perform a transaction log backup.

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