With the Japan crisis grabbing the headlines in electronic and print media alike, information technology professionals and those working closely with them are alerting the world around them about the criticality of backing up data. All adverse conditions may not be drastic, but if they are big enough to disrupt your business processes, they are important enough to be guarded against in advance.
The new backup and restore utility in version 7 provides a simple and convenient way to backup your Sohodox database and restore the database from backup, if required. The backup and restore can be set to be done automatically or manually.
Backup and Restore Utility Features
Open the Sohodox backup and restore utility using the following path on your machine:
Start > All programs > Sohodox Desktop > Sohodox Backup & Restore. Then choose where you want to save the backup file and select from these options at your disposal:
- Compression Level: You can select a compression level for the backup. You can choose a level which will create a smaller sized backup file but will take longer, a level which backs up quickly but creates a relatively large backup file; or a level which balances both backup speed and the size of the backup file.
- Split to volumes: This option is used for splitting large backup files into multiple smaller pieces.
For example, a CD can usually hold around 700 MB of data. If you wanted to store the backup file on a CD, it would not be possible if the size of the backup file was greater than 700 MB. In that case, you can use this option to ensure that the backup file is split into multiple pieces each not more than 700 MB in size; so you can store the back up on a set of CDs!
- Encryption Method: The backup file that Sohodox creates is in ZIP format, so it can be opened by any program which lets you open ZIP files. If you want to make your backup more secure, then you can choose to encrypt the backup file using AES128 bit encryption or AES256 bit encryption. AES256 bit encryption is more secure but it would slow down the backup process.
- Password: If you have chosen A128 and A256 encryption, then enter the password. When restoring the DB again you will be prompted for the password. If you do not know the password at the time of restoring, then it would be almost impossible to restore the Sohodox DB from that backup. This makes the backup really secure.
Have you upgraded your Sohodox installation to Version 7 already? If not, download the update setup and begin using the new features now!