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Performing a backup of MiniWAS

Last night I performed a backup of my MiniWAS system. I was using the Microsoft backup tool provided with Windows XP. I selected the MiniWAS directory and the SAPDB directory and backed up to an external HD (total of approx 9Gb).

The backup completed without a problem. However, when I came to apply more SP's to MiniWAS I received a short-dump even before the login screen was displayed. MiniWAS was corrupt.

Any idea why this has happened? I didn't stop the database when performing the backup. Should the database be stopped prior to performing a backup?

I have now re-installed MiniWAS and will begin applying SP's all over again!



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    Posted on Feb 03, 2005 at 11:17 AM

    I have always done a complete Offline backup with everything stopped 😊 didn't want to take a chance of corruption.

    In theory it shouldn't matter but if the database is still doing things then I guess it could happen.

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  • Posted on Feb 04, 2005 at 09:14 AM

    Hi Jonathan,

    from a MaxDB and SAP DB standpoint, your method of backing up is not the recommended way to backup your database.

    From the database perspective, we'd strongly suggest to use our own backup tools. Using the Database Manager GUI, you can define backup media and then perform data & log backups.

    I don't know what happened to your MiniwWAS after the backup though, just thought I'd give you our recommendations concerning your db.



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    • Former Member Jonathan Bourne

      Jonathan, one more addition is on its place here though. Yes backingup you database with the DB Admin tools is the best approach but you also may want to backup the actual, complete MiniWAS directory structure. What I did and was able to recover in successfully was to create a zipfile of the complete directory and stored in a safe place. Hope this helps as well. Kind regards, Tiest

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