Back up all databases in a SQL Server instance

Here is one of my favorite time saving scripts, that I wanted to pass on. This script will back up all databases, except for the system databases.

I did not write this script. The author is Greg Robidoux and the original link is https://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertip/1070/simple-script-to-backup-all-sql-server-databases/

—beginning of script—–

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

— specify database backup directory
SET @path = ‘D:\backups\’

— specify filename format
SELECT @fileDate = CONVERT(VARCHAR(20),GETDATE(),112) + REPLACE(CONVERT(VARCHAR(20),GETDATE(),108),’:’,”)

DECLARE db_cursor CURSOR READ_ONLY FOR
SELECT name FROM master.dbo.sysdatabases WHERE name NOT IN (‘master’,’model’,’msdb’,’tempdb’) — exclude these databases

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

—-end of script—-

The files in the back up directory. You can see the timestamp has been added.

Output in SSMS

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