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LiveStor can back up both your ACS data and your church, school, or organization's other important data. It's a great way to back up all of your important files with minimal effort and ensure that you can easily recover them if a natural disaster or catastrophe occurs.

LiveStor lets you designate a schedule for transferring files to off-site servers, as well as the amount of time to store deleted or changed files. LiveStor bases its backup process on jobs, which consist of file transfer directives based upon the options and settings you select when configuring the schedule to activate LiveStor. As with ACS Backup/Restore, when using LiveStor as your primary backup system, other users should log out of ACS applications when transferring your data files to the off-site servers.

By using LiveStor as your primary backup system, you can conveniently store your backups to secure servers, which can help you avoid managing removable backup media. However, as with ACS Backup/Restore, along with this convenience comes the responsibility of ensuring that you configure LiveStor according to the following guidelines and considerations:

  • When creating LiveStor jobs, you designate the schedule for files to be transferred, as well as the duration to keep deleted or changed files on the servers. You should carefully examine when you want to transfer files, as well as how long you want to store files when configuring LiveStor jobs.
  • In the event of a disaster, the folder or structure that you designated using LiveStor is easily restored. However, if LiveStor is your only backup system, you may need to manually overwrite your existing data with that of the restored folder or directory, which will require basic knowledge of how your ACS data is stored.
  • LiveStor focuses on accurate data storage. While documents, photos, and music files can be transferred and stored regularly using LiveStor, you should compress databases using some form of Zip compression. The transfer and storage of raw database directories is not recommended.
  • Since restoring ACS data transferred and stored using LiveStor involves a few additional steps, ACS Technologies strongly recommends that you test this process and ensure that your organization is fully informed of how to restore data in the event of a disaster.

Advantages and Issues to Consider with LiveStor

Advantages

Issues to Consider

  • Creates backup files of your ACS data.
  • Maintains an automated schedule for backing up your ACS data.
  • Maintains an automated schedule for storing backups of your ACS data.
  • Monitors scheduled file transfer jobs online that show the date, time, and current status of each backup.
  • Sets a specific number of backup files to maintain.
  • Restores backups of your ACS data.
  • Individually selects datasets to include in a backup file.
  • Stores non-ACS data, documents, and files off-site.
  • Not included in the standard install of ACS.
  • Restoring data requires knowledge of ACS data directories when using LiveStor as your primary backup system.
  • Documents, photos, and music should be compressed before transferring.
  • All other ACS users must log out before backing up data or data is excluded as files are transferred.