Is it normal to take a huge amount of time to backup the database to an external source? I kicked off a backup of my database (approx 10 GB) about 3 hours ago and it is only about 10% complete.
depends on how smart your backup software is - yes, it could I guess.
of course it depends on what the source and destination bandwidths are, how busy the server is, whether you are on a san/nas/das etc. Too many variables really .
How many objects (users and machines) do you have in your database? 9 hour full backup time might be needed for 200K of objects.
Do you have database index(cache) enabled and working properly? What settings do you use for backup?
I have about 60,000 objects. I am doing a straight file copy of the SBData directory from a server that is going to be retired to a new server that will be replacing it. I'm trying to get a feel for how long the process is going to take. Name Indexing is set to "Yes" in the DBCFG.ini and it is working properly as far as I know...is that what you were asking?
I would suggest to make a backup test to another folder/drive on the same server as database.
Just to see how fast(slow) that will go, avoiding network issues altogether.