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The ACS Backup/Restore program will create an exact replica of your ACS data, which you can restore in the event of a disaster. You can also specifically select the data from the ACS suite or program that you want to back up. Before performing major data-related processes, such as year-end closing or Attendance Promotion, you must create a backup using the ACS Backup/Restore program.

Note

When using the ACS Backup/Restore program to create backup files, you must log out of ACS applications.

In comparison to LiveStor, backing up your data with ACS Backup/Restore is a manual process, and you can perform a backup whenever you need to. If used properly, ACS Backup/Restore can also help you efficiently manage file space because backup files are compressed, include only the data you specify, and are comparatively smaller than those created with Automatic Backup.

While the backups that you create using ACS Backup are typically saved on your hard drive, we strongly recommend that you transfer these files to either removable media or to an off-site storage location. To learn more, see Storing Data Backups.

Advantages and Issues to Consider with ACS Backup/Restore

Advantages

Issues to Consider

  • Creates backup files of your ACS data and system files.
  • Maintains an automated schedule for backing up your ACS data.
  • Creates backup files to store on your local computer or workstation.
  • Verifies backups of your ACS data.
  • You can view and print a log containing the User, Date, Time, and Backup Location for each instance your data is backed up or restored.
  • Saves backups of your ACS data under a specified file name.
  • Sets a specific number of backup files to maintain.
  • Restores backups of your ACS data.
  • You can individually select datasets to include in a backup file.
  • Smaller backup file size.
  • Backing up data is performed manually.
  • All other ACS users must log out before backing up data.
  • The computer or workstation designated to run the Automatic Backup program must be powered on and cannot be in Hibernate or Stand by mode when backing up data.
  • Backup files should be manually transferred to backup media.
  • Backup media such as CDs or DVDs must be preformatted.
  • Backup files stored locally can require higher storage capacity, depending on the Maximum Number of Stored Backups value.