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12.16. Backing Up and Restoring the Metabase

Problem

You want to back up or restore the metabase. You may need to restore it if the metabase becomes corrupt or your server bites the dust.

Solution

Using a graphical user interface

To back up the metabase, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

  2. In the left pane, right-click on the node representing your IIS server and select All Tasks Backup/Restore Configuration.

  3. Click the Create Backup button and type a name for your backup.

  4. If you want to password protect your backup, select the Encrypt backup using password checkbox, and type and confirm a password.

  5. Click OK and then Close.

To restore a previously backed up metabase configuration, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

  2. In the left pane, right-click on the node representing your IIS server and select All Tasks Backup/Restore Configuration.

  3. Select the metabase backup you want to restore and click the Restore button.

  4. Click Yes to restart IIS services and enter the password if your metabase backup is password protected.

  5. Click OK and then Close when the restore is finished.

To restore the metabase from a metabase history (automatic backup) file, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

  2. In the left pane, right-click on the node representing your IIS server and select All Tasks Backup/Restore Configuration.

  3. Select the metabase history file (named Automatic Backup) you want to restore and click the Restore button. ...

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