Navision Backup

Posted on 2009-04-03
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I there, we just purchased Navision and have been using it for a couple months now.  I need some assistance with creating and restoring backups.  I have just copy and pasted the database somewhere else right now...but I 'm not even sure the proper way to restore that.  I would ideally like to set it up to do differential backups so and learn how to restore them...whatever is easiest for me to manage once a week.  I need to really learn how to restore this as well. Thanks!  We are not using SQL right now.
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by:James Glaubiger
ID: 24070312
Do you have access to Microsoft Customer Source?

They have KB articles (861749 and others) that discuss the proper backup and restore methods.

Check with your VAR if you do not have your Customer Source login information.   Customer Source should be your first stop for answers to these types of questions.
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ID: 24071722

navision basically uses SQL as the back end database and you can us any backup solution like CA ARCserve using the SQL database client agent to backup the SQL database from a CA ARCserve Backup server.

you can also use the native tool of navision to run backup of your navision hotcopy.exe which is located in the installation directory.


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by:James Glaubiger
ID: 24072296
Note Author Comment - "We are not using SQL right now."
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Expert Comment

ID: 24092393
There's also an option to backup the financial information (FBK file) under the Tools menu of NAV itself.  I believe this can be scheduled but I'm not sure what kind of backup options (full, differential, etc) you have available.

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ID: 24153936
Sorry for the late response.  I don't believe I have access to Microsoft Customer Source.  Not sure how to do that.

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by:James Glaubiger
ID: 24154502
Do you have a VAR that you work with (they sold you NAV)?

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ID: 24156199
I'm not sure because the guy that took care of that left no documentation and left the company.  I guess I can try to find out but just thought I could find a solution on here.
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bhanukir7 earned 500 total points
ID: 24156397

did you try to use the tool i mentioned in my first post "you can also use the native tool of navision to run backup of your navision hotcopy.exe which is located in the installation directory"

check this pdf which will give you a better understanding.

few forums which will some more helpful are :



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I manage a Navision 4.0 SP3 Native Database installation with 30 users and backups were a pain until I found a solution rather than using HOTCOPY all the time.

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