Online Documentation for SQL Manager for SQL server

Database Snapshots

Database snapshots were implemented in Microsoft® SQL Server 2005, and they are available only in the Enterprise Edition of Microsoft® SQL Server 2005 and higher.

A Database snapshot is a read-only, static view of a database (the source database). Multiple snapshots can exist on a source database and always reside on the same server instance as the database. Each database snapshot is transactionally consistent with the source database as of the moment of the snapshot's creation.

Snapshots can be used for reporting purposes. Also, in the event of a user error on a source database, you can revert the source database to the state it was in when the snapshot was created. Data loss is confined to updates to the database since the snapshot's creation.