The SIX Catalog, also called the database, is sort of like the company’s library. There has been a lot of time invested into building that collection. You’ve spent hours adding items, setting the costs and prices, organizing into categories and subcategories, entering part numbers, and adding images. Also, you have set the specifications and I/Os, assigned accessories, and even entered a vendor for accounting purposes. This is quite a bit of data! Could you imagine having to build the database again… from scratch?
Your catalog could literally be destroyed by a fire, a computer virus, natural disaster, or something else completely out of your control. Your catalog of thousands of products (and countless man hours spent building it) could be gone in an instant! So, how would you recover from a total loss of data? Through a process that you can control – a backup plan.
Maybe the possibility of losing your data has not crossed your mind. Or maybe you have thought about it, and set up server backup software or other utility to protect your data on the server machine. However, could you depend on that software to seamlessly backup and restore your SIX data (including projects and custom reports)? Thankfully, there is a backup and restore utility built into your SIX Server.
Open the SIX Server Manager on the server machine to access the backup and restore utility. The SIX Server should be backed up regularly to ensure that you always have an updated copy of your database. This backup not only includes the database, but also projects (and associated files), settings, and reports that have been exported to the server. A zipped file will be created in “C:\DToolsSIXBackup”, the default location, when the backup is completed. Move this file to your preferred location on the network, another machine, or the cloud. In the event of an emergency, this file would restore your data on the server in a matter of minutes!
The backup and restore utility is an essential and effective tool, but the process is manual. Your monthly or weekly routine backup would consist of opening the SIX Server Manager on the server machine every time. But it doesn’t have to be a chore. Did you know that you can schedule backups?
Using the Windows Task Scheduler, you can schedule your SIX Server backups to run as often as you’d like – automatically. Creating a Task is simple and you only have to do it once. Your data will be backed up to a zipped file automatically at the interval you have set for the Task. Each time the Task runs, the previous backup file will be overwritten.
For a completely “hands off” approach to SIX Server management and disaster recovery, we offer a hosted solution for your convenience. We will host the server and manage the backups for you (and restore when needed). Plus, you can connect to it from a Client machine anywhere there’s an internet connection.