This is my second post in the Did You Know series, tying into Pam’s series on Inside Dynamics GP. This feature allows users to create a one-off backup of a database from within Dynamics GP, and saving it either locally or on Azure storage. Originally introduced in GP 9, the Backup to Azure was added to this feature in GP 2013 R2.

I’ve never tried this feature before, as I had no need to in the past. One great thing about this DYK series is there will be things I’ll be trying that I may not have had an opportunity to try yet!

While this obviously wouldn’t be the normal way to create a backup, sometimes this could come in handy for specific purposes, like for consultants preparing for demos that want a quick backup of what they’ve prepared before they test a configuration, so they can re-use the data easily after restoring back. I know I don’t bother with setting up scheduled SQL jobs for backups on my environments, unless I’m mimicking something for a client. So, for that type of situation, I can see this would be a great way to simplify creating a backup without bothering to open SQL Server Management Studio when I’m right in the middle of working on some project.