Backup & Restore

Description

Important files or complete directories can be lost in any number of scenarios. They might accidentally be deleted, a virus might wipe them out or most frequently, they may all of a sudden become unaccessible due to untimely hard drive failure. Backing up data regularly helps protect them from being erased if something catastrophic happens to your computer. The Backup feature in AutoMate is capable of doing just that. With just a few clicks, it can save backup copies of managed tasks, triggers, and system data onto an AutoMate archive (.AMA) file. It can also be used as a way to transfer important AutoMate files from one computer to another when working with several computers or to archive previous versions of a particular task. Any AutoMate archive file can later be restored with use of the Restore feature.

To access Backup & Restore settings, from Task Administrator, navigate to Options -> System Settings -> Backup & Restore.

Related Topics

Parameters

The following tables describe available Backup & Restore parameters.

Action

Property

Description

Backup/Restore

The action to perform. The available options are:

  • Backup - Perform a backup

  • Restore - Restore a previous backup

NOTE: Separate Backup and Restore preferences are displayed below.

Backup preferences

Property

Description

Archive location (on local computer only)

The location (on the local computer) in which to save the AutoMate backup (.ama) file. The default path and filename is: C:\Users\[username]\Documents\AutoMate 10 backup.ama

This may slightly differ depending on the operating system. To select a different archive  location, click the folder icon and navigate to the desired location or enter the path and filename in the provided text box.

Backup tasks and triggers

If enabled, both tasks and their associated triggers will be backed up (enabled by default).

Include constants and system preferences

If enabled, constants and system preferences will be included in the backup (disabled by default).

Backup

Upon selecting your backup settings, click this button to perform the backup.

Restore preferences

Property

Description

Archive location (on local computer only)

The location (on the local computer) of the AutoMate backup (.ama) file in which to restore. Click the folder icon and navigate to the desired backup file or enter the path and filename in the provided text box. The default path and filename is C:\Users\[username]\Documents\AutoMate 10 backup.ama (this may slightly differ depending on the operating system).

Restore tasks and triggers

If enabled, tasks and their associated triggers will be restored (enabled by default).

Restore constants and system preferences

If enabled, constants and system preferences will be restored (disabled by default).

Restore

Upon selecting your restore settings, click this button to start the restore process.

To backup AutoMate data:

  1. Toggle Backup option.

  2. In the parameter labeled Archive Location, enter the path and filename in which to save the archive (.AMA) file or you can save to the default archive location which is pre-entered. If using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, the default archive location is:

C:\Users\{username}\Documents\AutoMate 10 Backup.ama

In Windows XP,Windows NT or Server 2003, the default archive location is:

C:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\My Documents\AutoMate 10 Backup.ama

  1. There are two options to select from when backing up AutoMate:

  1. After entering your preferences, click the Backup button. AutoMate will then backup the specified settings into a compressed file with a .AMA extension. The default name for the archive file is AutoMate 10 Backup.ama.

To restore a Previous backup:

  1. Toggle Restore option.

  2. In the Archive Location parameter, point to the archive you wish to restore.

  3. Check/un-check the following:

  1. After entering your preferences, click the Restore button. AutoMate will then attempt to restore previously backed up data.