“I am facing some problems while copying my database from one server to another without any data. For an instance, I need an empty SQL database with just the objects and no data, How can I perform it? Can any person help me to get out of the situation? Is there any simple way to copy an existing database structure and no longer considered the data? However, when I am trying to copy a SQL server database with just the object, it is showing me an error message.”
In the following section, we are going to describe the relevant solutions to overcome this situation.
There are various solutions to this issue, users can do any of the following methods as per their need:
Above steps work well, but one more solution, which is not known to all DBAs. Therefore, to utilize a DAC package file which is applicable for MS SQL Server 2008 R2 and upcoming versions.
For using a DAC package, first users must have to download the Data-tier Application Framework.
In general, MS SQL Server users mostly prefer to create the database backup for dealing with adverse situations. The server maintains the backup file that can be used to recover complete database.
Here, to follow the detailed steps by using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).
The DAC package must be restored to an instance of target SQL Server whose version either equal or higher than the source SQL Server instance as well.
Note: Even a single user can successfully restore a SQL Server 2014 DAC package to Server 2012 instance without any kind of issue.
The following steps to restore the data:
In the above discussion, there are certain solutions discussed to copy database from the SQL Server without data. However, backing up a database with just the objects and without data cannot be complex and can be implemented in multiple ways that we have mentioned above. An automation perspective, the DAC package file is the best way, especially for multiple databases or one can also try SQL Server Database Migration Tool to move only structure of all database objects quickly.