Back-Up Sage Timberline 9.x Database

Open Sage Desktop
From the menu on the left side, expand Sage Timberline Office
Browse to: Common Tasks / Tools / File Tools

Double-Click File Tools
From the File Tools window, select Backup, then click Next

From the Backup Operation window, select Add Folder
From the Browse For Folder window, browse to the folder containing the company database
Highlight the folder, and select OK

The folder containing the database should now be listed in the Backup Operation window

Select Next

The Destination folder should contain previous backups
The Archive name  should  clearly identify the backup
The Append button allows the backup routine to automatically add an identifier to the file name, such as date and time stamps.

Under Comments, The default comment may be used, but additional info can be added

The Backup Operation will perform a Validation  routine before the backup can proceed.

Once the Validation is complete, select Next

You will have an option to browse the list of files to be backed up.  All files listed in the window will be backed up.

Select Next

From the Execution Summary window, select Next to perform the backup operation

The backup operation will proceed.
Upon completion , a status window will be displayed.

Select Finish

Delete and Disable Offline Files – Windows 7 Sync Center

To discontinue a Sync Partnership in Sync Center:

Open the Sync Center
All Programs / Control Panel / Sync Center

Select Manage offline files

From the General Tab, click on View your offline files.

An explorer window opens
Double-click on Computers

You should see the computer you are syncing files with.
Right-click on the computer icon and choose Delete offline copy

The local copy of your files are deleted
The network copy of your files should not be affected.

After the offline copy of your files are deleted you should be back at the Offline Files> Computers’ window.
Close Window
From the Offline Files Window, Click on Disable offline files

Immedietaly restart the computer to ensure the Offline Folders are gone and disabled
Select OK

Links:
Windows 7
Understanding offline files
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Understanding-offline-files

Configuring New Offline Files Features for Windows 7 Computers Step-by-Step Guide
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff633429(WS.10).aspx

File Sharing and Offline Files Enhancements
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd637828(WS.10).aspx

Windows Vista
Understanding offline files
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Understanding-offline-files

Changes to Offline Files in Windows Vista
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2007.11.offline.aspx

What’s New in Offline Files for Windows Vista
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749449(WS.10).aspx

Working with network files when you are offline
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Working-with-network-files-when-you-are-offline

Delete Temporary Files Used By Offline Files
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Sync-Center-recommended-links

Windows XP
How to use offline files in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307853

Use Offline Files When You’re off the Network
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/learnmore/offlinefiles.mspx

How To Configure Offline Files to Synchronize When a Particular Network Connection Becomes Active
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/312171

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Additional Resources
Windows 7 Offline Files
http://www.windows7update.com/Windows7-Offline-Files.html

Use Windows Vista’s Offline Files to Access Documents Offline
http://lifehacker.com/5229808/use-windows-vistas-offline-files-to-access-documents-offline

How to relocate the Offline Files folder in Windows 2000/XP ?
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/cachemov.htm

Disable Offline Files
http://maximumpcguides.com/windows-7/disable-offline-files/

Backup and Restore – Windows 7 – Links and Notes

Video: Backing up and restoring your computer
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/videos/backing-up-and-restoring-your-computer

Back up and restore: frequently asked questions
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Back-up-and-restore-frequently-asked-questions

What backup settings should I use to maximize my disk space?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/What-backup-settings-should-I-use-to-maximize-my-disk-space

How To Use Backup and Restore in Windows 7
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1838/using-backup-and-restore-in-windows-7/

How To Manage Hard Drive Space Used by Windows 7 Backup and Restore
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/7672/how-to-manage-hard-drive-space-used-by-windows-7-backup-and-restore/

Learn more about system image backup
http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2009/10/31/learn-more-about-system-image-backup.aspx

Replace Your Hard Drive Using Free Windows 7 Tools
http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/Replace-Your-Hard-Drive-Using-Free-Windows-7-Tools.aspx

Windows 7: BackUp and Restore
http://www.techlikes.com/2010/05/12/windows-7-backup-and-restore.html

Windows 7 Backup & Restore – What it should have been in Vista!
http://www.petri.co.il/windows-7-backup-restore.htm

Windows NT Backup for XP (1 of 1) Creating a Back Up

Issue:  Backing up data on a Windows XP System

Knowing how to back up your data is an important procedure that can help you recover photos, music and potentially hundreds of hours of work in case of a serious PC failure or malfunction.  Power loss, power spikes, hard drive failure, failing circuitry, your kids, viruses and many other issues can result in a loss of data on a PC. 

This article will cover the basic steps of creating a backup on Windows XP, using the Built-in Backup utility, also known as NTBackup.

XP Pro has NTBackup installed by default.  To use NTBackup for XP Home, you need to install it using these steps:

  • Insert your Windows XP Home CD.
  • Using Windows Explorer, navigate to the VALUEADD\MSFT\NTBACKUP folder.
  • Double-click the ntbackup.msi file to install NTBackup.
  • You are now ready to use the XP Backup utility

Note:  You can click on any image to view it full size in a new window. 

To access the built-in Backup utility (NTBackup) from within XP Pro:
Select –  Start > Accessories >  System Tools > Backup

To proceed with the Backup or Restore Wizard, select next

From Backup or Restore, select Back up files and settings

Selecting What to Back Up

  • My documents and settings
    This selection back ups your data files including e-mail messages, address books, Internet Explorer Favorites, your Desktop and your personal settings. If the space available for backing up is limited, this is a solid option to insure you have backed up the bulk of your data.

What can this option miss? Some software programs don’t store the data it creates in the user profiles area.  If a product stores its data or important settings in its program folder or elswhere, this option will not capture that data.

  • Everyones documents and settings
    As this option indicates, this selection back ups all user profiles data files including e-mail messages, address books, Internet Explorer Favorites, your Desktop and your personal settings. Use this option if you have more than one active user account on the system and want to make sure the bulk of the data is backed up.

What can this option miss? As stated above, some software programs don’t store the data it creates in the user profiles area.  If a product stores its data or important settings in its program folder or elswhere, this option will not capture that data.

  • All information on this computer
    This option includes all data on the computer and creates a system recovery disk that can be used to restore Windows in the case of a major failure.  Selecting All information on this computer is the most comprehensive choice, but will also require a lot of available space to store the resulting backup file.

Note:  I have not backed up or restored with this option and I don’t actually know if this option creates a full functional ‘bare metal’ backup. The inclusion of the step to create a ‘System recovery disk’ would lead me to believe that it may.   However, I have been using Acronis True Image and Robocopy for my personal backups for many years, and therefore have never needed to dig that deep into it.  

  • Let me choose what to back up
    If you know that you have files to backup that are not saved under your profile or within the documents and settings folder, then this option will allow the flexibility to select items for backup.

For this example, I have selected Let me choose what to back up, this will allow us to dig a bit more into the backup interface and the available choices.

From here you can simply expand the available options to make backup selections. 

  • Your Computer – The first available option is your computer (shown in the image as WS-Acer-VM). If expanded, you will see all fixed drives, all mapped drives, and System State. This option presents the full range of choices available for backing up your data.
  • My Documents – Similar to the My documents and settings option explained above, this selection back ups your data files including e-mail messages, address books, Internet Explorer Favorites, and your Desktop .
  • My Network Places – Expand My Network Places and  you will see your mapped drives and other network locations such as available domains or workgroups.

In this example I made the following selections:

  • I’ve expanded my computer (WS-Acer-VM), and selected System State
  • I’ve also selected My Documents

Under Backup Type, Destination and Name, you choose a place to save the backup file and also name the file that will be created by the backup.
The destination really needs to be an external hard drive, a networked drive, or some other physical location other than your own hard drive. While it is possible to create backup jobs that will reside on your hard drive, it defeats one of the primary benefits of doing a backup, which is to have your data on physical media other than your hard drive.  Should your hard drive fail in any way, any backups on that drive may be gone or damaged with the drive.

Under Type a name for this backup, you can name the backup so that it provides some indication of its purpose, I am naming mine Weekly Backup.

Under Completing the Backup or Restore Wizard, select Advanced.  This will give us a couple of additional backup options, such as automating the backup so that it will run on a regular schedule

Under Type of Backup, select Normal
Normal will back up all files that have been selected. The other backup types have caveats that are currently beyond the scope of this article.

Under How to Back Up, you may have up to 3 additional options available to you.  If you are new to back ups, the only one I would consider is Verify data after backup.  However, be aware that it will effectively double the length of time it takes to run a backup.

Backup Options

  • Append – Selecting Append adds files to your current backup. Appending a backup means the backup file will grow in size.  Depending on the amount of data you are backing up and the size of your backup media, just a few appended backups could fill up your media .
  • Replace – Selecting Replace will overwrite an existing backup file.  This helps manage available space on your media. 

Notes:  Media refers to the device where you backup your data.  In the enterprise, media can include devices such as tape libraries or SANs (Storage Attached Network). In a smaller setting, external hard drives and thumb drives are two common and reliable methods for storing backups.

To avoid running out of space on your media, a typical backup plan will include a rotation schedule that replaces older backups at some point. 

Under When to Back Up,  select Later. You can now set a schedule so your backup will occur on a recurring basis.
Under Job name, I’ve called my job Weekly Backup – FullNormal, the option selected earlier under Type of Backup indicates all files that I have selected will be fully backed up each time this job is scheduled to run.
Select Set Schedule

Under Schedule Job:
Schedule Task: Set the task to run Weekly
Start Time:  Select a time when the PC will be on 
Schedule Task Weekly:  Select which day of the week it will run
Select OK
Set Account Information:  You will need to provide a user name and password that has the backup rights on the PC
Select OK
Back at the When to Back Up window, Select Next

Completing the Backup or Restore Wizard
This window provides an overview of your selected options, you can confirm details of the backup, such as where your backup will be created, and when it is scheduled to run.

 Links:
How To Use Backup and Restore in Windows 7
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1838/using-backup-and-restore-in-windows-7/

Description of the Windows NT Backup Restore Utility for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=974674

Back Up Now or Be Sorry Later
http://www.microsoft.com/business/smb/en-ca/smallbiz/issues/sgcv2/security-guidance-centre/backupnoworbesorrylater.mspx

Windows Backup (Microsoft Backup) – XP
http://www.argentuma.com/backup/software/windows-backup.html

Data Backup and Recovery
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727010.aspx