Backing up your Timeslips data is not only laudable, it's absolutely necessary. As you all know, backing up your Timeslips data files is something that you need to do every single day (or as often as your firm uses Timeslips).
Your Timeslips data backups serve as an insurance policy against disaster. If your server or hard drive crashes, you want to be able to quickly and easily restore your Timeslips data and get back in business as soon as possible. With that in mind here are some other points that you need to consider:
- Where are you saving your Timeslips backup file? If it's on the same server or drive as your Timeslips installation, it might be useless if there is a server or hard drive crash. Having a server backup is also essential, so it might be possible to retrieve your data from the server backup, but so often those server backups are non-existent or do not function when needed. Your best assurance is to keep your Timeslips backup on a different PC or Server than the one with the main Timeslips installation.
- What other Timeslips files need to be copied? There are some files that are not part of the Timeslips database, but files that you will need in the case of reinstallation:
- Timeslip.cfg This is your Timeslips configuration file. It contains all your licensing information and is found in your Timeslips Program folder. If your server or hard drive crashes and you need to install your Timeslips on a brand new computer/server, you may need to have a copy of this file in the folder where you will be reinstalling your Timeslips. This is only important if you purchased an upgrade copy of Timeslips. The Timeslips installation program looks for the Timeslip.cfg file to verify that you owned a previous version of Timeslips and are therefore entitled to an upgrade. Without that file, you will not be able to reinstall your Timeslips software. This file is unique to your Timeslips installation, so you are the only one with a copy. You only need to copy this one time. It is recommended that this file be saved on a removable drive that can be accessed easily. This file never changes after the initial installation, so you only need to copy it one time.
- Timeslips Download. When you initial receive the email with your upgrade Activation Codes and Serial numbers, you receive a link to download the Timeslips software. This link will work for approximately 3 years (or as long as Sage decides to make it available). If you should need to reinstall your Timeslips at a later date, you will need to run this download installation file. In addition, you will need to reinstall any Timeslips Service Releases for your version. This may be available on the Sage download site, until Sage decides to remove it. You should keep copies of the Timeslips Download and Timeslips Service Releases on the same removable hard drive as where you saved the Timeslip.cfg file.
In conclusion, here is a list of what you will need to reinstall your Timeslips software:
- Timeslips backup file (.bku or .tbu)
- Timeslip.cfg file
- Timeslips installation download file
- Timeslips Service Releases
- Timeslips Activation Code, Serial Number, Registration Code