Friday, May 7, 2010

Let's have a backup plan

By Aaron Taylor

We stress all the time in our conversations with users of MusicMaster the importance of making regular backups of your database.   I personally don't feel its overkill to make a backup daily and have specific folders or zip drives for each day of the week (like we all used to do with floppies back in the day)...

Also, you certainly want to make sure that you make a verifiable backup any time you make major Rule Tree, clock, or library changes.

When you go to TOOLS-BACKUP, you'll want to decide whether you want to a standard or custom backup.  The standard backup will create a .zip file of your database into the same directory where the database is located (typically c:\mmwin).  This is a great option if you just want to try out some database tweaks, schedule, and then perhaps easily reverse the changes you've made (just hit TOOLS-RESTORE)

The custom backup profile is perfect if you do want to send your backups each day to a different network location, zip drive, or folder.  This option will also enable you to make as part of the backup any traffic, library or reconciliation definition files we may have created for you.

Whichever you decide to select as part of your routine, make certain you are checking the correct long rectangular box icon for your backup choice.

If you have any questions about MusicMaster backups, restoring them, transporting from location to location or machine to machine, don't hesitate to get in touch! 

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