Following recent increases in reported data loss issues related to viruses or ransomware attacks, it is more important than ever to make sure your on premise applications (like GoldMine and QuoteWerks) and data are correctly backed up.
Backing up your on premise applications such as Goldmine and QuoteWerks is something that should be done regularly and checked to make sure you have what you need if disaster strikes. A regular backup is still something that many users prefer to avoid.
Q - "Are you backing up your GoldMine software?"
A - "Yes our IT chap says it backs up every night"
Q - " Are you sure it will restore if disaster strike?"
A - "Hmmmm ? I think so!"
At least that is until they suffer their first loss of important files as a result of software, hardware or user error and more and more commonly some virus that wipes or encrypts your data: that's when it becomes crystal clear just how valuable a reliable and up-to-date backup really is!
GoldMine for example holds information in 2 places. The application is stored in your GoldMine shared folder on the server and all of your data within GoldMine, is stored in Microsoft SQL. We recommended that you back up both areas correctly. Microsoft SQL server comes with an option to set up a maintenance plan which allows you to schedule the data backup regularly. This will produce a file which can then be backed up along with your GoldMine folder and contents.
We would recommend that to maintain an optimal backup system, make a separate backup on each day for a 2-week cycle. That is, your backup system should include 10 to 14 individual backups. Two weeks of backups are recommended because data corruption might not be discovered for several days. Only 1 or 2 backups might contain corrupted data. Use tapes, removable disks on cloud space as a backup medium. Also if you are provided with a backup service as part of your IT support contract then perform a disaster recover test to prove that you can restore all that you need.
For more information or advice, please contact Wizard Systems.