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Concept Concept 4/13/2017
Products: Automation Server, AS-B, Enterprise Server, AS-P, Project Configuration Tool
Functionalities: Basic Functionality
Product version: 1.9

Backup and Restore Overview

Backup and Restore assures that SmartStruxure server data can be restored after damage or loss due to hardware or software failures, security threats, or application testing.

Building Operation provides backup and restore capabilities that preserve both configuration and historical data on an as-needed or periodic basis.

Backup

Backup is the process of copying and storing data so that the copy can be used to restore data if a loss occurs. You can also use a backup to revert to an older version. In Building Operation, you can perform backups on an all SmartStruxure servers and their devices. SmartStruxure server backups should take place during non-business hours.

For more information, see Backup .

Restore

Restore is the process of restoring data to an original or former state. Using Restore, you can revert to a previous snapshot of the SmartStruxure server data despite any configuration changes made since the last backup. In Building Operation, Restore is a manual process designed to avoid the accidental overwriting of current SmartStruxure server data.

For more information, see Restore .

BACnet Backup and Restore

BACnet Backup uses a binary file format to back up an entire device. Specifically, BACnet Backups comprise the entire contents of the selected device, such as associated objects, properties, bindings, historical data, and related proprietary configuration data.

For more information, see BACnet Backup and Restore .

Archiving Overview

Archiving is the process of preserving historical data, which is comprised of selected events and extended trend logs. For example, some facilities are required to maintain archives to comply with government regulations. Another example is in secure facilities where they must maintain records of who logged in or who changed setpoints. Archiving is not a backup function because archive data cannot be imported back into the system.

For more information, see Archiving Overview .

Comparison of Backup and Restore Methods

There are two Backup and Restore methods: Building Operation and BACnet. You can select the backup and restore method that suits your SmartStruxure server data storage and retrieval requirements.

For more information, see Comparison of Backup and Restore Methods .

Retain Level

In Building Operation, variable values are primarily stored in flash memory in order to have their values survive power fail and server shutdown. However, values that are often collected are only stored in the SDRAM memory. This is done to protect the flash memory in the SmartStruxure server device.

For more information, see Retain Level .

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