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Backing Up IRIS - Frequently Asked Questions

Article ID
ias-11935
Article Name
Backing Up IRIS - Frequently Asked Questions
Created Date
27th April 2015
Product
Problem
Frequently asked questions for Backing up the IRISAccountancy Software
Resolution
Q. Why can I not use my normal backup regime to backup the SQL database? A. Some software can backup SQL databases; however this is not always the case. If an automated backup system is in use the IT supplier will need to confirm if this software can make backups of SQL databases and check that it is configured to do so. Q. Can I just copy the database? A. No, copying a SQL database is not normally recommended. Q. Can IRIS provide a tool to do this for me? A. IRIS provides a tool for the purposes of perfoming a backup call IRIS Database Manger. Details can be found in KB IAS-6503 Q. Can I automate this task? A. It is possible to automate this task; however that is outside the scope of this document and a customers own IT Support may be able to help. IRIS Support staff will not be able to advise on this matter. Q. Why am I shown how to make a backup of the SQL data to the \iris\data\sqlbak directory? A. As a number of backup programs (and indeed a copy and paste) operation will fail to backup/copy a SQL database, it is sometimes easier to use the SQL tools provided to first backup the SQL database to an alternative location. If this is done to the location specified above then when the iris data folder is backed up, the SQL data IS backed up with it. Q. Can you do this for me? A. Unfortunately this is not possible. The information in this KB item provide enough detail to ensure you are able to make a successful backup of the IRIS SQL database. Related Articles KB IAS-6503 : How do I Backup my IRIS SQL Database using the IRIS Database Manager function? KB IAS-7170 : How Do I Backup IRIS Using SQL Server 2008 & 2005 Express? KB IAS-11894 : Does IRIS Provide A Built-In Backup procedure? KB IAS-11895 : What Files Do I Need To Backup?

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