Sage Abra Automatic Backup

Posted on 2007-10-18
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Is it possible to perform an automatice/ unattended flat file backup in Sage Abra? We are doing a nightly tape backup but if a user leaves their machine logged in, it doesnt back up the files. While this is ostensibly a training issue, I would rather not risk missing a backup. Thanks!
Question by:samirise
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    It doesn't look like it.  this is from Abra Support:

    Sage Software strongly recommends full external backups of the Abra Suite DATA folder be performed nightly and retained for at least three months.

    This may be done, by burning a copy of the data folder to a CD or DVD, by copying it to a tape drive or to another area on a local drive or network drive.

    Incremental backups are not recommended due to the difficulty with restoration. In most cases, Abra Suite data is changing every day or several times a week. If an incremental backup of the Abra databases were performed, the latest full back up must be restored first. Following this, each days incremental backup should be restored until the data reaches the desired point.

    These time periods may vary on a case by case basis, but please note that in the event of a system failure these backups may be the only source of data. If a backup of the currently installed version does not exist, it may be necessary to either reregister or uninstall and reinstall Abra from the network to get to the correct version installed as restored data must be in the same version as the installed application.

    NOTE: The procedure to create an internal backup will not result in a full copy of the data folder. In addition, when an internal backup is created it will overwrite the previous backup. Only one internal backup is available for restoration at any given time.

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    Yeah i had found that too. I just opened a support incident with them and they said that they didnt support automatic backups. I was hoping that someone had "rigged" a workaround.
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    How about an Open File Manager for your backup software?
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    We have found AOFO on BE to be buggy so we stopped using it.

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