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Testing a backup for Navision 5.0

Posted on 2014-10-23
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I'm new to Navision, and we're actually in the process of upgrading to the latest version. However, until then, I want to make sure that the backup program we've been using is actually working and complete. Right now, it's currently just backing up the .fdb file and a .flf file. Is that enough?

If so, would I be able to just download these two files from the backup to my local machine and point the C-Side client to them to open it up? Is there anything I'd need to do first to make sure opening it up doesn't screw up the live database (located on the server), such as renaming anything?
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by:Ganesh Kumar A
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Yes, when you are using Navision 5.0 or previous version, the whole database gets stored in the .fdb file. The .flf file is license file. The backup you are taking is sufficient enough.

These two are more enough to backup.

Suggestion if you are migrate Navision 6.0 or Navision 7.0 you can use SQL database as backend and you can take database back directly. You also can perform SQL DB replication to different server.
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by:ruhkus
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Thanks. If I want to test the backup, can I just download it to my local machine and point the client to it, or do I need to do anything first to avoid conflict with the live database on the server?
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Ganesh Kumar A earned 500 total points
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No it wont create any conflict if it is having different servername, when you copy and put it in your local system and work it works perfectly on the local machine. If some of the client wants to point to it, then probably you need to install separate navision server to serve the client requests. It depends what kind of licenses you have and if you are allowed to install second version of navision. Usually developer uses the separate system to develop the customization and export and import it to the production nav server after testing.
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