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Using an alternating schedule for both ACS Backup/Restore and LiveStor as your primary backup system to back up, transfer, and store backups of your ACS data off-site can give you a higher level of backup and data protection.

Since both LiveStor and ACS Backup/Restore activate according to the schedule that you designate, you can conveniently automate the entire process of backing up all your ACS data and securely storing it off-site. However, in addition to observing the guidelines and considerations for individually using ACS Backup/Restore and LiveStor, you should also observe the following:

  • Carefully plan and determine your schedule for using this backup system. You should never schedule ACS Backup/Restore to back up your ACS data at the same time that a LiveStor job is set to activate and run. Conversely, you should never schedule a LiveStor job to run at the same time that ACS Backup/Restore is set to activate and run. We strongly recommend that you test the length of time that it takes for ACS Backup/Restore to activate and complete, then make sure that you schedule your corresponding LiveStor job to activate and run afterwards, allowing for an appropriate amount of time in between.
  • Once you configure ACS Backup/Restore to create and save backup files and configure LiveStor to locate and transfer the folder or directory to the servers, avoid changing to the location or name of the designated folder or directory. Once you set LiveStor and ACS Backup/Restore to automatically back up and transfer your ACS data, it is your responsibility to make sure that the process is completing correctly, and in turn, your data's integrity is maintained.
  • While using this system provides you with the highest level of data protection available from ACS, you should also test the process of restoring data and make sure that you and your organization are fully informed of what to do in the event of a disaster.

ACS Backup/Restore in conjuction with LiveStor

Advantages

Issues to Consider

  • Create backup files that include all of your active ACS data.
  • Create backup files to store on your local computer or workstation.
  • Maintain an automated schedule for backing up and storing your ACS data remotely.
  • Verify backups of your ACS data.
  • Monitor scheduled file transfer jobs online that show the date, time, and current status of each backup.
  • View and print a log containing the User, Date, Time, and Backup Location for each instance your data is backed up or restored.
  • Save backups of your ACS data under a specified file name.
  • Set a specific number of backup files to maintain.
  • Restore backups of your ACS data.
  • Individually select datasets to restore from a backup file.
  • Smaller backup file size.
  • Store non-ACS data, documents, and files off-site.
  • All other ACS users must log out before backing up data and transferring files, or data is excluded from the backup file.
  • 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.
  • Larger backup file size.
  • Backup files stored locally or remotely can require higher storage capacity, depending on the Maximum Number of Stored Backups value.