Backing up and Restoring Data

The Server page of the Administration Console lets you manually backup data or restore data that you have already backed up. See Scheduling an Automatic Backup for information about scheduling an automatic backup.

You should back up your data regularly to ensure its safety. Vocera lets you back up your data manually at any time, or automatically, at a time and interval that you specify. The backup operation does not stop the server or interfere with its use; you can perform the operation at any time.

If you need to restore data, you can choose from any backup file you have previously created. The restore operation briefly stops the server, empties all your existing data, then completely restores data from the backup file. The restore operation automatically logs out all your badges; users must log in again after the restore completes.

Note: The backup and restore operations preserve all system data, including a cluster configuration, if one is specified. They also preserve application data for Staff Assignment.

Vocera backs up your data to a file in the \vocera\backup directory. The file is named with the following syntax, where <MonDD> is the three letter abbreviation of the month followed by the day, and <HHMM> is the time in 24-hour format:

backup-<MonDD>-<HHMM>.zip

For example, the following backup file was created on July 23rd, in the current year, at 1:45 PM:

backup-jul23-1345.zip

Backing up system data and restoring it may solve many data corruption problems. If you notice problems with your data and think that the database is corrupt, try backing up your data and immediately restoring it.

To back up data manually:

  1. Click Maintenance in the navigation bar.

  2. Click the Server tab to display the Server page.

  3. Click the Backup button.

    Vocera backs up your configuration data to a file in the \vocera\backup directory and displays a dialog box showing you the progress. When the backup is finished, Vocera displays the progress as 100%.

  4. Click OK to close the dialog box and return to the Administration Console.

To restore data from a backup that you have previously created:

  1. Click Maintenance in the navigation bar.

  2. Click the Server tab to display the Server page.

  3. Click the Restore button.

    The Select File dialog box appears, displaying the list of available backup files in sequential order, with the most recent file at the top.

  4. Select the name of the backup file that you want to use and click Restore.

    A warning appears, reminding you that the server stops and existing data is replaced when you restore data.

  5. Click OK to close the warning and begin restoring data.

    Vocera displays a dialog box showing you the progress. When the operation is finished, Vocera displays the progress as 100%.

  6. Click OK to close the dialog box and return to the Administration Console.