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Protecting Your Data : Backup Strategies : Determining the type of backup

Determining the type of backup

You can choose to perform either an OpenEdge backup (the PROBKUP utility) or an operating system backup, based on the needs of your business. Table  contrasts OpenEdge and operating system backups.
Table 17. Backup options
Operating system
Online or offline
Offline only
Full or incremental
Full only
To determine whether an online or offline backup should be used, consider:
*Is the database active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is it possible to shut down the database for backing up?
If the database must run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, an online backup is necessary. If it does not, an offline backup can be used.
To determine whether a full or incremental backup is best, consider:
*Does the entire database fit on one volume of backup media? If not, will someone be present to change volumes during the backup?
If the database fits on one volume or someone is present to change volumes, a full backup can be performed. If not, consider using incremental backups.
Using PROBKUP instead of an operating system backup offers these advantages:
*PROBKUP automatically backs up all files required to recover a consistent database.
*PROBKUP allows both online and incremental backups, in addition to offline and full backups.
*PROBKUP allows users access to the database during an online backup.
*PROBKUP automatically marks the database as backed up.
*The Restore (PROREST) utility lets you easily verify backups.
If you choose not to use PROBKUP, you can use an operating system backup utility, but you cannot perform online or incremental backups. The exception to this rule is splitting a disk mirror during a quiet point to perform an operating system backup on the broken mirror. For information on using quiet points in a backup, see Using database quiet points. Be sure that the backup utility you choose backs up the entire set of files. Backing up a partial database provides an invalid result.
Note: Regardless of the backup method chosen, perform a complete database restore to test all backups and validate that the database is correct.
* Full backups
* Incremental backups
* Online backups
* Offline backups