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How to Get Status of Running Backup and Restore in SQL Server? – Interview Question of the Week #113

Mar 11, 2017 8:30:55 PM by Pinal Dave

Question: How to Get Status of Running Backup and Restore in SQL Server?

Answer: One of the reasons I started my blog long ago was to have a repository of scripts which can be very useful by DBA during daily troubleshooting. There are many times when DBA wants to check the progress of a backup or a restore activity which is happening on the server. By combining various commands from the internet, I have come up with below script which can give us a summary of current backups and restores which are happening on the server.

SELECT r.session_id AS [Session_Id]
,r.command AS [command]
,CONVERT(NUMERIC(6, 2), r.percent_complete) AS [% Complete]
,GETDATE() AS [Current Time]
,CONVERT(VARCHAR(20), DATEADD(ms, r.estimated_completion_time, GetDate()), 20) AS [Estimated Completion Time]
,CONVERT(NUMERIC(32, 2), r.total_elapsed_time / 1000.0 / 60.0) AS [Elapsed Min]
,CONVERT(NUMERIC(32, 2), r.estimated_completion_time / 1000.0 / 60.0) AS [Estimated Min]
,CONVERT(NUMERIC(32, 2), r.estimated_completion_time / 1000.0 / 60.0 / 60.0) AS [Estimated Hours]
SELECT SUBSTRING(TEXT, r.statement_start_offset / 2, CASE
WHEN r.statement_end_offset = - 1
THEN 1000
ELSE (r.statement_end_offset - r.statement_start_offset) / 2
END) 'Statement text'
FROM sys.dm_exec_sql_text(sql_handle)
FROM sys.dm_exec_requests r
WHERE command like 'RESTORE%'
or command like 'BACKUP%'

Recently I found this script very handy while I was doing performance tuning exercise for a customer. Suddenly we had observed that one of their drives had more I/O and when we ran above script we figured out that there is a backup operation going on the system.

Do you have any similar interesting script which you can share via comments?

Reference: Pinal Dave ( 

Tags: SQL Server

Pinal Dave

Written by Pinal Dave

Pinal Dave is a Microsoft Technology Evangelist (Database and BI). He has written over 1700 articles on the subject on his blog at He is a dynamic and proficient Principal Database Architect who specializes in SQL Server Performance Tuning and has 7+ years of hands-on experience. He holds a Masters of Science degree and a number of certifications, including MCTS, MCDBA and MCAD (.NET). He is also Regional Mentor for PASS Asia. Prior to joining Microsoft he was awarded Microsoft MVP award for three continuous years for his contribution in community.