2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 17, 2013 3:53 PM by adambudwill

    General Back-up


      Hi!. I have already read many things about creating a Backup for our Solarwinds server. Nevertheless I still have some doubts:


      We have worked a lot on our Solarwinds server for the last year, customizing it with maps, alarms, creating groups, views, etc., and we don’t want to take the risk to lose everything, in case anything happens.  I know that we can create a back-up of the database, but that would be enough?, just with the database back-up? Any other recommendations? Our NPM version is 10.4.1.  We just want to have a back up for all the statistics that we have collected from all nodes, and for all the maps, alerts, web views, etc, and be able to restore the same server (with every single node that we are monitoring and its statistics) on another machine just in case we need it.

      Thanks a lot!


        • Re: General Back-up

          Hello Fabio,

          in version 10.x almost all of the stuff (including maps, views, etc) is kept in database. So be sure to have a valid sql database backup.

          A document which can give you a better picture of what you need is the following:


          Even is a migration guide, by viewing the procedure you can be sure on what you are going to need in an unlike event of failure.



            • Re: General Back-up

              I just went through a server and database migration. This isn't a complete list but it is at least a partial of stuff I've found you may need to backup or be ready to restore by hand;



              Job-#####.OrionJob files

              \Program Files\SolarWinds\Orion


              All files in the reports directory

              \Program Files\SolarWinds\Orion\Reports




              Local Config-Archive (if you use this option, the database does keep some but may not have all your local files)

              \Program Files\SolarWinds\Orion\NCM\Config-Archive


              Custom device types

              \Program Files\SolarWinds\Orion\NCM\DeviceTypes


              Scheduled jobs

              \Program Files\SolarWinds\Orion\NCM\Jobs


              I also found a lot of these scheduled jobs show up in the Windows Task Scheduler. I believe the job files are the actual "what to do", while the Windows Task Scheduler is what fires it off at an appointed time. Definitely need the job file, but you'll need to backup the Tasks if you don't want to reschedule all of the jobs.


              Be careful where you restore these files... If you have a different directory structure or drive you are restoring to , some of these files may reference directories that have changed. You can open the files and find the directories and replace them as needed.



              Anything special or custom in your published website directory ... If you have a job that creates files left on the webserver, you may need to recreate the folders and modify IIS settings to re-allow them to be visible.