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By Ted Krapf on 12/23/2016 3:54 PM
Hi all,

A Very Happy Holidays to everyone out there!  It's been a very exciting and busy year helping clients with unique needs and solutions. I'm looking forward to what 2017 will bring!

I recently was tasked by a client to come up with a simple (as elegant as possible), and inexpensive Log Shipping solution for Microsoft SQL Server Express.  Yes, I know SQL Server Express doesn't have Log Shipping, and the solution would just be to purchase a license of SQL -- well two licenses in the client's case.  But, they were looking for some ingenuity so they could leave current systems in place as is.

Here was the setup.  A GoDaddy VPS SQL Server Express up in the cloud and an in-office/on-premise SQL Server Express.  They wanted to have the cloud server log shipped at least every couple of hours to their office so they had a hot spare SQL server in case they lost their cloud copy for some reason.

After some trial and error this is how I got it done for them: