Patch Manager Plus stores information like configuration details, status of deployed configurations, and details about reports, like User Logon reports and Active Directory reports, in a database. Creating a backup of this database and certain important files like configuration files is necessary to prevent loss of data.
You can back up data automatically, by scheduling a back up using Patch Manager Plus, or taking a back up manually. You can also restore this data when required. For example, assume that your hard disk crashes and you have to re-install Patch Manager Plus. You can use the last back up you took to restore all the required information. Note that this is possible only if the backup file is stored in a computer other than yours.
These are the few best practices recommended for Back Up and Restore option.
You can use Patch Manager Plus to take a back up of the database regularly. For example, if you want to take a back up of the database every Friday at 5 p.m., you can schedule the same using Patch Manager Plus.
To schedule back up of data, follow the steps given below:
The time should be specified in the 24-hour format. For example, if you want the database back up to be taken at 6 p.m., the time should be specified as 18:00:00.
Using this option you can select how many database backup files should be saved. The older backup files will be deleted. For example, if you want only 7 backup files saved, select 7. This will ensure that at all times only 7 backup files are saved.
Ensure that you have configured your mail server settings to receive notifications
You have scheduled an automatic data backup to take place automatically at a specified time.
You can manually back up and restore the database. You can do this using the Backup-Restore Utility GUI.
Opening the Backup-Restore Utility Graphical User Interface (GUI)
To open the Backup-Restore Utility GUI, follow the steps given below:
You have opened the Backup-Restore Utility GUI.
If you're using a network share, the directory should have write permission for everyone in the network.
A backup file is created and saved in the specified location. The file will be named using the build number-date-time.zip format. For example, 70120-Oct-25-2010-13-26.zip where 70120 is the build number, Oct 25th 2010 is the date and 13:26 is the time.
Ensure that you have shut down the Patch Manager Plus server before restoring a backup file
The build number of the Patch Manager Plus server should match the build number of the backup file you are restoring. Ensure that you choose the correct architecture of the Patch Manager Plus installation, such as 32-bit or 64-bit. You can verify the details by viewing the Support tab, on the Patch Manager Plus web console.
This will restore the specified data to Patch Manager Plus server.
If remote database is configured with the Patch Manager Plus server, ensure that it is running on a remote machine. After restoration, the changes made after the backup date will not be available.