Use the Backup Tool to assist with making a manual backup of the database and OpenDentImages folder.
In the Manage Module, click Backup.
Use Open Dental's built-in tool to back up or restore data. Also see Backups. This tool can back up the following data:
See our webinar: Backup and Restore
This tool does not encrypt data, so consider an encrypted device or encryption software to ensure data is protected while in storage. See Encryption of Data at Rest and in Transit. To use the backup tool, you must have the security permission Backup.
Exclude image folder from backup or restore: By default, the A to Z Folder is backed up and restored. To not include the A to Z folders in the backup or restore, check this box.
Save Defaults: Click to save the entered paths as the defaults.
Managed Backups: Unison BDR (Central Data Storage) is a preferred online backup service. Click the button to see more information. To remove this button, disable the Central Data Storage CDS Bridge then check Hide Unused Button.
To backup your data, first connect to the server, then insert the backup device (e.g., USB encrypted flash drive).
Backup database FROM this folder: Verify the database path to back up, it should contain the database currently connected. Typically it is C:\mysql\data\. Click Browse to select a different path. Only the connected database is backed up. Other databases in the path are ignored.
Backup TO this folder: Verify the drive or folder to back up the data to. For example, D:\. Do not back up to the same folder where the live database is located. We recommend utilizing a network path to another workstation or server in the office. Click Browse to select a different drive.
Click Backup. A message will display when the database backup is complete. If the image folder is also being backed up, this process will start next. Once the image folder backup is complete, another message will display. If the destination drive does not have enough space for a complete backup, a notification appears and backup stops. If Exclude image folder in backup or restore was checked, the backup process is complete after the first message.
You should test backups regularly to make sure they restore correctly. It is recommended to test backups by restoring them to a workstation not connected to the office network. The name of the database being restored must match the name of the database being used to run the restore tool.
Restore FROM this folder: Enter the path the backup is currently stored. For example, if the backup is on a flashdrive, it might be D:\. Click Browse to select a different path.
Restore database TO this folder: Enter the path to place the backup. Typically it is C:\mysql\data\. Click Browse to select a different path.
Restore A-Z images to this folder: If the A-Z folder was backed up, enter the path to restore it to. Click Browse to select a different path.
Restore: Click to restore the database. See below for detailed instructions.