T-SQL: Backup All User Databases

Here’s an easy, generic way to back up all user databases on a SQL Server instance:

 
DECLARE @name VARCHAR(50) -- database name
DECLARE @path VARCHAR(256) -- path for backup files
DECLARE @fileName VARCHAR(256) -- filename for backup
DECLARE @fileDate VARCHAR(20) -- used for file name
 
SET @path = 'D:\localBackups\' -- has to be a local path
 
SELECT @fileDate = CONVERT(VARCHAR(20),GETDATE(),112)
 
DECLARE db_cursor CURSOR FOR
SELECT name
FROM master.dbo.sysdatabases
WHERE name NOT IN ('master','model','msdb','tempdb')
 
OPEN db_cursor
FETCH NEXT FROM db_cursor INTO @name
 
WHILE @@FETCH_STATUS = 0
BEGIN
SET @fileName = @path + @name + '_' + @fileDate + '.BAK'
BACKUP DATABASE @name TO DISK = @fileName
 
FETCH NEXT FROM db_cursor INTO @name
END
 
CLOSE db_cursor
DEALLOCATE db_cursor

Hope this helps!

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