Backing Up Data – Learning the Hardway

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Well, with any operation, making sure your data is properly backed is pretty important.  Since I love to learn things the hard way, I originally gave no thought at all this.  So in my last post I explained about some of the pain it took to install a simple SAP system.  Well, now envision that I spent the next 6 months beginning my development of my great idea (it would be Rapier, eventually).  One day, I was in between projects, so I was sitting in the living room, catching up on episodes of Lost, coding my BSP masterpiece.  I can’t really remember exactly how it happened, but my portable HDD suddenly started making a clicking sound, my system locked up, and suddenly, all of my work was gone.  The last 6 months of installing SAP, and design of my product gone.  I didn’t have another HDD, I didn’t have backups.  In my naive mind, I didn’t think a HDD would fail (keep in mind, I used to build computers for myself in college, so I should know better).  So…  I went back to square one (happily, I did take some notes on the installation, so instead of months, it took me 2 weeks.)  I redesigned a better BSP app, and learned a lot along the way.  That’s how i learned the first time.

Now…  how did I remedy my mistakes?  I implemented a couple of things.  First, I got myself a great big HDD and kept copies of my SAP systems and various other virtual systems, so I could quickly rebuild if I needed to (I still have those systems to this day, just in case).  The other thing I started to do was to save my SAP transports.  For those of you unfamiliar, as long as your STMS configuration is set up (and this can be a pain), every time you release a transport SAP saves 2 files.  The Data & Cofile can then be backed up somewhere else (I use dropbox so I can quickly get to them, and it keeps them in the cloud).  Then at anypoint, I can upload those transports into a clean system, giving me periodic code and configuration backups.  It doesn’t help if I have to recreate master data, but I have a different method to help me with that.

As a side note, I recently had another HDD fail.  This one less costly, but still painful because I realized I wasn’t backup up often enough, and I wasn’t saving the right things.  So what did I do?  I got myself another HDD, and I now backup my progress weekly (I also do this for all my files and pictures etc too).  In addition, I think I might also get Carbonite to give me everything at a remote location.  I need to figure out how I can have all of my SAP systems on Carbonite.  When I figure it out, I’ll let you know…

In the meantime, learn from me, not with me…  back your stuff up


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