A BiblioTECH backup can be performed at any time and can be initiated during normal operations.
All backup files are generated on the BiblioTECH server computer and saved into the BiblioTECH "Backup" folder.
When a backup is run, the system will generate two copies of the backup file. These two files are named as per the system date
If the backup was run on the 10th of April, the two files would be BT8_D_10.bak and BT8_M_4.bak.
This ensures that there is a separate backup file for each day of the month and monthly "snap-shots" are retained.
NB If you generate multiple backups on the same day, the latest backup will overwrite the others.
When enabled, the BiblioTECH server will automatically perform a backup every day at a preset time.
(Default : Enabled & runs at 23:45)
Manual backups can be initiated via the
Circulation module ("File - Backup BiblioTECH" menu option), or
System Utilities module ("General - Backup & Restore" page)
In both cases, a request is sent to the BiblioTECH server asking for a backup to be perfomed.
Once the server has completed a manual backup, the 'daily' backup file will be copied to the requesting client computer and the user will be asked if they would like to save a copy of the backup file to another location (eg. USB drive)
When to perform a Manual Backup
Librarians should perform regular manual backups of the BiblioTECH system to ensure against catastophic server failure
Whenever major updates are to be applied to the system, it is wise to perform a backup prior to commencing to protect against power failures, etc that could occur during the update
Archival copy of Backup Files
To ensure that the server-based archive of backups is protected from server/disk crashes, whenever the Circulation module is started, it will check with the BiblioTECH server and download any "new" backup files to the BiblioTECH "backup" folder on the local computer.