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BACKingUP and Restoring databases

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  • BACKingUP and Restoring databases

    I have a client who I will call Moonlight. I have installed a RUNTIME VERSION of a program I developed for them on Moonlight's computer. I need to continue to make changes to my version while they are entering Cash Receipts, cashrecs, and Cash Disbursements/Checks, cashdisb. Periodically I want to transfer MY UPDATED version to their computer without disturbing their data entry.

    Here is how I plan on doing this. Periodically they send me a copy of their BACKUP. I click on RESTORE and enter my database as the detination and enter their backup as the source. Then I go to the FILES TAB and CLEAR all the check-marks off all the files and ONLY CHECK the DBF files that i want to restore to my system. Then DOWNLOAD this file which, HOPEFULLY, will ONLY restore their updated DBFs into my system, HOPEFULLY! I would then BACKUP THIS updated system to Moonlight and they would RESTORE the whole NEW UPDATED system to their computer.

    WOULD THIS WORK? Are there any suggestions for a better way to do this?

    Don Walton

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    Re: BACKingUP and Restoring databases

    Backup your files and exclude DBF, CDX and FPT extensions.
    You can use Tools, Zip workspace and then Click "Unmark files" and Check Data files only. The resulting zip is sent for unzip on client side.
    IMOH It is ill advised and pointless to receive their data and send it back overwriting theirs.

    I you do for the purpose of updating field structures, there are many threads you can search for various member s' ideas and solutions.


    • #3
      Re: BACKingUP and Restoring databases

      I do this with an installer that installs to the specified folder, but it does the same as Ray indicated.
      The only difference is that the user only has to download the exe file and click it to start. The rest is automatic for the user.

      If you are changing table structure in some way, there are many ways to do that and are all over the forum.
      Dave Mason
      Skype is dave.mason46