How to back up and restore the Backup4all configurations

This article explains how to backup and restore Backup4all's settings, the backup jobs, the scheduled task files and other necessary files. We have created a backup plugin that automatically backs up these files. The Backup4all configurations plugin is already installed by default in Backup4all's plugins list.

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Saving Backup4all's configurations ensures you that you can have the same backup jobs and settings after a system reinstall or after moving to another computer.  Defining a backup with the Backup4all Configurations plugin will include the following items in the actual backup file:

For Backup4all 5 and Backup4all 6:

  • The Job Settings Folder (.ini files for jobs)
  • The Tag Settings Folder (.ini files for tags)
  • The Catalog Folder
  • The Log Folder
  • The Plugins Folder
  • The Scheduled jobs Folder 
  • The Host Keys Folder
  • The Ini File
  • The History File
  • The Icon Files
  • The Layout File
  • The Message File (notifications)
  • The Shutdown Scheduler Data

For Backup4all 4:

  • The Initialization Folder 
  • The Catalog Folder
  • The Log Folder
  • The Plugins Folder
  • The Scheduled jobs Folder 
  • The Ini File
  • The History File
  • The Icons File
  • The Layout File

For Backup4all 3:

  • The Initialization Folder 
  • The Catalog Folder
  • The Log Folder
  • The Scheduled jobs Folder 
  • The Error file
  • The Icons file
  • The Ini file
  • The Layout file

How to back up Backup4all's configurations

You don't have to browse your computer to find the necessary files to be backed up. The Backup4all configurations plugin will back up the files you need.  Follow these steps to create a backup that saves Backup4all's configurations:

For Backup4all 5 and 6:

  1. Open Backup4all and select File->New Backup (Ctrl+N). On the first page enter a name for the backup in the Backup Name field. 
  2. In the Where do you want to save your backup section, select a destination for backup. Click Next.
  3. On the What do you want to backup page, choose “Backup Configurations” plugin from the drop-down list. You will see the files and folder that will be backed up. Click Next.
  4. On the How do you want to backup page, select the backup type. By default, the Smart option is selected. 
  5. Click Save->Save and run.

For Backup4all 4:

  1. Open Backup4all and select File->New Backup (Ctrl+N). On the first page enter a name for the backup in the Backup Name field. 
  2. In the Where do you want to save your backup section, select a destination for backup. Click Next.
  3. On the What do you want to backup page, choose “Backup Configurations” plugin from the drop-down list. You will see the files and folder that will be backed up. Click Next.
  4. On the How do you want to backup page, select the backup type. By default, the Make incremental option is selected. 
  5. Click Save->Save and run.

Video tutorial back up Backup4all configurations:

For Backup4all 3:

  1. Open Backup4all and select File->New Backup Wizard (Ctrl+N). On the General page enter a name for the backup in the Name field and choose “Backup Configurations” from the Predefined Backups list. Click Next.
  2. On the Sources page, you will see the files and folder that will be backed up. Click Next.
  3. On the Destination page, select a destination for the backup. Click Next.
  4. On the Type page, select the backup type. By default, the Incremental type is selected. Click Next.
  5. Click Finish.
  6. Press the Backup (F6) button to run the backup.

How to restore Backup4all's configurations

Steps to follow:

  1. Install Backup4all on your computer and open it.
  2. Delete the sample backup jobs.
  3. Using Backup4all open the Backup4all Configurations catalog from the backup destination.
  4. Press the Restore (F7) button to open the Restore Wizard. For advanced restore configurations, please see this video tutorial: Backup/restore demo
  5. Press Finish.

Video tutorial restore Backup4all configurations:

Note: If you are restoring Backup4all configurations on a computer that has a different Windows login username and password than the one you originally backed up the configurations from, the scheduled tasks need to be reconfigured.

Applies to:
All Backup4all versions.

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