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Unable to restore master database

Posted By:      Posted Date: October 15, 2010    Points: 0   Category :Sql Server

I'm trying to develop a backup/restore strategy for my merge replication setup. The system has already been deployed (over 20 subscribers) so this is quite a matter of urgency

The msdn/technet merge replication backup/restore strategies page (ms152497) recommends backing up the publication, master and msdb database, and I have done this through SQL Server Management Studio (SQL Server 2005).

I have tested restoring just the publication database, and it seems to work ok, with a test client still being able to synchronise properly.

However given that the master and msdb databases are also backed up, it makes sense to restore these as well; however when I try to restore the master database (right-click master, tasks, restore, database), it won't let me select the master database in the "To database:" drop-down field!

Alternatively, if I right-click master, tasks, restore, files and filegroups, then it allows me to select the master db as the "To database:" but I have never used the files/filegroups options before.

What is the proper way to restore the master and msdb datab

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