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I need to set up a standby server using SQL Server Log Shipping. This is my first time doing this, so I'm following the instructions in the SQL Help step by step. Of course, I ran into a problem at the first step. The help file says:

  1. Right click the database you want to use as your primary database in the log shipping configuration, and then click Properties.
  2. Under Select a page, click Transaction Log Shipping.

I do not see a menu entry for Transaction Log Shipping. Here's what I see:
Database Properties

So why am I not being offered this option?

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In order to see the "Transaction Log Shipping" option in SQL Server Management Studio, you have to have the complete management tools option select. Try to re-install management studio, and check the box for "Management Tools - Basic" and the box for "Management Tools - Complete"

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Also, you can't log ship a database that has an ID of 1 - 4 since SQL Server assumes that it's either master, model, msdb or tempDB.

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Thanks, that's all good information. I presume this 'complete install' has to be on the management station (which is remote)? – Tim Long Feb 20 '12 at 16:21
Yes, it has to be on whichever machine you are trying to enable log shipping on the server from. Not the server itself. – Wesley Feb 20 '12 at 17:24
Excellent, thanks for the advice. Of course, I don't have the installation media handy so will need to download a fresh copy tomorrow. – Tim Long Feb 21 '12 at 1:20

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