A client of mine has setup backup process the following way.
Doing a full backup nightly
and doing differential backup hourly.
They are in process of creating a new test environment and I suggested to do a sql backup and restore, which would be faster than native.
One of their IT wrote back that we should make a copy of the db instead of backup, because it will break the backup cycle they have setup. Is this true?
How does a separate backup effect their nightly and differential backup they have scheduled?