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Resetting databases for testing purposes

What are some ways you can reset a database back to its original state for testing purposes?

I'd backup the database in some "known good" state, then restore that backup as part of the test process. This would leave the database in a completely "clean" state that would be good for gamma testing. Note that this probably isn't a good solution for final (acceptance level) testing, since the database is too clean for a good "real world" test.

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