Nightly Restore from FTP

Similar to a previous project, a customer wanted a SQL-2005 database refreshing over-night from a backup on an FTP server. Using an already inplace tool ‘CoreFTP’ via an already inplace stored-procedure ‘usr_FTPDownload’ I created a job …

Step-1 “Download backup(s) from ftp site”
exec dba.dbo.usr_FTPDownload
@ftpfile = ‘*.bak’,
@DLdir = ‘E:FTP’,
@ftpprofile = ‘FTP’,
@logfile = ‘E:Microsoft SQL ServerMSSQL.1MSSQLLOGRestore of AdventureWorks from FTP.log’,
@email = ‘’ — on failure

Step-2 “Restore the latest backup”
create table #temp (col1 varchar(max))
insert #temp(col1)
exec xp_cmdshell ‘dir /b /o-d e:ftp*.bak’

declare @newest varchar(50)
set @newest = (select top 1 * from #temp)

declare @cmdstr varchar(200)
set @cmdstr = ‘restore database AdventureWorks
from disk=”e:ftp’ + @newest + ”’
with file=1,

exec (@cmdstr)

Step-3 “grant access to user” (running on AdventureWorks)
create user an_other for login an_other
exec sp_addrolemember ‘db_datareader’, ‘an_other’

Step-4 “rename the backup-file for housekeeping”
— get name of latest backup
create table #temp (col1 varchar(max))
insert #temp(col1)
exec xp_cmdshell ‘dir /b /o-d e:sftp*_*.bak’

declare @oldname varchar(50)
set @oldname = (select top 1 * from #temp)

–check if already renamed
if @oldname like ‘%File Not Found%’ return

— extract namepart
declare @namepart varchar(50)
set @namepart = left(@oldname,(patindex(‘%[_]%’,@oldname)-1)) — text before underscore

— convert date-part into day-of-week
declare @weekday varchar(10)
set @weekday = datepart(dw, right(left(@oldname,(patindex(‘%.%’,@oldname)-1)),10))

— buld-up new-name
declare @newname varchar(50)
set @newname = @namepart + @weekday + ‘.bak’

— run it
declare @cmdstr varchar(100)
set @cmdstr = ‘ren e:sftp’ + @oldname + ‘ ‘ + @newname
exec xp_cmdshell @cmdstr

Step-5 “email results – on success”

declare @datetime as varchar(20)
declare @email as varchar(100)

set @datetime = convert(varchar(17),(select top 1 restore_date
from msdb.dbo.restorehistory
where (destination_database_name = ‘AdventureWorks’)
order by restore_date desc),113)

set @email = ‘Database “AdventureWorks” Refreshed at “‘+@datetime+'”.’

exec msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail
@recipients = ‘’,
@subject = @email ;

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