When the weather is stormy, there’s nothing more important than finding a safe harbor—that’s especially true where protecting your child care database is concerned.
At Procare Software, the last thing our support technicians like to hear is “my computer crashed and I don’t have a backup of my data.” With that in mind, there’s a great way to ensure your data is backed up safely—by having Procare automatically copy your backup to a cloud-based storage location (like Dropbox or OneDrive). You’ll have an off-site backup to protect you in the event something happens to your main computer—which would be a very rainy day indeed.
How to Copy Your Backup to the Cloud
In this example we use Microsoft OneDrive, although you could use a similar tool like Dropbox. OneDrive is a free cloud storage solution built into Windows 8. It can also be installed for Windows 7. See: Download OneDrive.
Step 1: Create a Folder
After you install OneDrive, create a folder to store your backups—such as “PROCARE”.
Step 2: Tell Procare to copy your backups to that folder
- At your main computer (server) browse to the folder C:\Program Files\Procare\Server.
- Dbl-click the file SQLConfig (it may say SQLConfig.exe).
- Click the Offsite Backup tab.
- Check the box to Enable Offsite Backup Copies.
- Browse to the Folder you you created; the path may be something like C:\Users\your_name\OneDrive\PROCARE.
- Click Verify, then Save & Exit.
- Restart the computer (or manually stop and restart the Procare Licensing Service) for the change to take effect.
Step 3: Make a Backup in Procare
- You can either manually Make a Backup or set automatic Scheduled Backups.
- Once the backup is complete, check to confirm that it was copied to your folder in OneDrive.
Note: We recommend you continue to periodically check the off-site backup location to confirm that current backups are being created as expected.
Now you have an automatic, off-site backup that can easily be recovered if you have a computer crash, virus, electrical storm, fire, flood, or anything that causes your main computer to stop working.
Of course, if you’re using Procare Cloud®, backups are managed by Procare, so your data is always protected, regardless of the weather.