Lytec Backup

How to Backup and Restore in Lytec


Backing up your data is very important!  You can schedule backups to run automatically in Lytec.  You can schedule backups to run, daily, weekly, or as often as needed.  It is recommend having at least a week’s worth of separate daily backups.  To do so, go to Tools, then Task Scheduler, then Schedule Backup.

Note; If doing separate daily backups, or more than one in general, you’ll need to repeat these steps for each one.

Click Add to setup a new scheduled backup task.  Leave the option, Backup Database, selected then click Next.  Give the backup a path and name to write to.  If you do not already have a designated backup folder, we recommend making one called “Lytec Backups” on the C drive (or any drive if you have more than one).   For example, if you’re doing a “Daily” backup file for each weekday, enter the paths and file names like:

C:\Lytec Backups\Practice Name (Lytec) Monday.bak

C:\Lytec Backups\Practice Name (Lytec) Tuesday.bak

C:\Lytec Backups\Practice Name (Lytec) Wednesday.bak

C:\Lytec Backups\Practice Name (Lytec) Thursday.bak

C:\Lytec Backups\Practice Name (Lytec) Friday.bak

Once you’ve entered a path and file name, click “Next” to continue.

Select the “Replace all previous Backup Information” option.  This will prevent the backup from growing too large over time.  Click “Next” to continue.  You can leave the “Name”, “Description”, and “Password” blank on the next screen (if you set a password here and forget it… it cannot be recovered).  Click “Next” to continue, then click “Finish”.

Next set your options.  Enter a Description for each scheduled backup task like “Monday Auto-backup”.  You can adjust the Starting Date and Ending Date if needed, or just leave the Ending Date blank.  Next select a Repeat Occurrence setting, this may change the Repeat Options choices to the right.  Click OK when finished.  Click Add to setup another scheduled backup, or click Close if finished.

To restore a backup, while logged in to that database… first make sure all other users have exited that database.  Then go to Tools, then Restore Data.  The program will ask if you want to “Backup the data now?”, click No.  Leave the option Restore from backup file(s) selected, then click Next.

Click the button to browse for the backup file you want to restore.

Browse to the backup folder under the Folders section, the choose the backup under the Files section.  Click OK once you’ve selected the backup file you want to restore.  Back at the previous screen, leave the Select a File to restore option selected, then click Next.

Select the Replace the existing database option, then click Next to continue.  If you’ve previously “appended” to the backup file, you may see multiple check-box items, in which case, select the date you wish to restore.  Otherwise, you should normally just see one date in the backup file, and it will be selected by default.

Click Next to continue.  On the following screen, click Yes to continue.  On the next two screens after that, click Next.  Click Finish to begin the restore process.  Once the restore is complete, login to verify the data.  Note:  If your login password has changed since the last backup, it will be what it was at the time of backup.

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