How do I back up my database?

How do I back up my database?

Remember that when your database is hosted by the Societ team, we back up your database every day. If you ever need a copy of this backup, give us a call or email!

All versions of Sumac have a Backup Entire Database tool which will save your database as a .zip file which you can save to the location of your choice.

Step 1. Start by navigating to Utilities under the main Sumac console. From here expand Sumac Administration.

Step 2. In here you will see a button called "Backup Entire Database." This is the button which will allow you to do just that, remember that if you are not an administrator, you will not be able to see this.

Step 3. When you open Backup Entire Database, the first thing you will have to do is click Choose File. This will allow you to choose the name of the file and where you want to put the backup file. After choosing the name and location click OK and it will backup the entire database.

Now you have an entire backup of the database which can be used to reproduce your database when needed. 
You should put the backup file to a type of media that is not in the same location as the computer being backed up. This can be removable media like a USB key, a writable CD or DVD, a remote backup server, or an external hard drive. If you put your backup on relatively unreliable devices (e.g. CD-R or DVD-R), then make sure that the backup program verifies the data after writing it.

It's a good idea to create multiple copies of your backup, and store these copies on separate devices.

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