Parent page: Backing up and Restoring Your Altium NEXUS Server
A critical requirement for systems that maintain and store valuable design data, such as the Altium NEXUS Server, is backing up the data and files hosted by the system. The Altium NEXUS Server installation includes a command line tool for this purpose, which offers the capability to both backup and restore the entire NEXUS Server content and user data, including the database when the Firebird option has been installed.
For users that have selected an Oracle® database type for use with the NEXUS Server however, the backup process is somewhat different and also time-critical.
The different approach required is because the Oracle database is a separate entity from the NEXUS Server system, unlike the integrated Firebird database alternative, and therefore must be backed up by its own system and process. That system is most likely in another network location, and more significantly, under control of the Oracle infrastructure, its inherent policies, and the database Administrator (DBA).
Backing up an Altium NEXUS Server that uses an Oracle database therefore involves two independent stages:
Contact your Oracle DBA to instigate a suitable backup arrangement for the NEXUS Server database. The Oracle database backup should occur in close association with the backup completed by the Altium NEXUS Server Backup tool, and be involved with a backup management system that links the two stored backups.
Perform a backup of the NEXUS Server using the supplied Server Backup tool. For more information on the process see the Backing up and Restoring Your Altium NEXUS Server page.
In short however, the backup command line tool (
avbackup.exe) is located in the NEXUS Server installation’s
\Program Files (x86)\Altium\Altium NEXUS Server\Tools\BackupTool\ directory, and its minimal command string is
avbackup backup –z <output location\file>. Note that quotes must be used when the path-file includes spaces.
For example, creating a backup of an (Oracle database type) Altium NEXUS Server installation might be avbackup backup -z "C:\Backups\Altium NEXUS Server\201712_Backup.zip". The completed backup process would appear as below.
When the tool detects that the NEXUS Server uses an Oracle database, the database backup part of the process is skipped and a warning is displayed. All other data, content, and settings are backed up as usual.
The content of an Oracle database NEXUS Server backup zip file is the same as that for a Firebird-based NEXUS Server backup, but does not include a database backup file - in a Firebird backup, this file is