Zaphod wrote:Here's the short answer: A backup isn't a backup unless it's off the computer. That's why we require backups to be made to removable media. A backup to your harddrive doesn't do much good when your harddrive fails. Also, you should be taking any vital data (and we assume your PowerChurch data is pretty vital) off-site in the event of some catastophe. The argument that Gary provides is a compelling one - backup to a location that can be archived on a tape backup, but unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of users don't have anything approaching this type of setup.
If it helps, it would be really handy for us to be able to restore data from the hard disk for support purposes, too.
It's probably something that will be included eventually, because a lot of people are asking for it, and it would be handy to just backup to a network drive, but it didn't make it into 9. Sorry.
Zaphod wrote:OK, here's the idea:
Any major changes to the backup/restore process will require a total rewrite of those functions, and it is something planned for a future release. To do that now would require changes in documentation, and a change in several other areas of the program. In short, that's not going to happen. However, we recognize and understand the arguements discussed here, and think there may be a short-term solution.
We can enable backup to a network drive with the following limitations:
* The drive has to be mapped (no \\unc names).
* The backup will only be saved to the root of that mapped drive - no subfolders.
* All mapped drives would be listed - you can't choose to supress a drive.
* Any person authorized to make a backup would be able to backup to a network drive.
* The network drive cannot have less than 3MB total space.
* This still doesn't give you access to backup to your local hard drive (unless you're clever).
When I say "short-term" solution, I mean until at least the next release of PowerChurch Plus. Given that our release cycle is 18-24 months, and we just released v9 last month...
So, would this be an acceptable solution to get by until we can rewrite the backup/restore function properly?
KevinH wrote:Do the newer versions allow backing up to an external media other than a floppy?