Backup and Restore through the Entity Framework

I’m working with an SQL Server database with about 50 tables and plenty of relationships between those tables. I have already written a backup and restore function which will retrieve all data from the model, export it to XML which it could then import again into a clean database. But maintaining this import/export is a lot of work when there are some major structural changes to the entity model. I want a more dynamic solution.

Is there a more dynamic solution to export data from an entity model and to import it back again into a clean database?

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    I would be passing this back to your server support team. Seems a bit strange for an app developer to have to worry about data backup/restore.

    Have you tried the SQL Server Publishing Wizard? It creates a nifty formatted SQL file that can be easily moved between application, I’ve also also used (with some search&replace based on regular expression) to move data from SQL Server to Oracle…


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