Restoring your database with a backup

Important: Daylite & Billings Pro Self-Serve Support Ends February 28, 2019. Read Announcing Our Goodbye To Self-Serve for more information.

Moving your database to a new Mac, rolling back your database to a previous date, or recovering after a hard drive failure on your server are a few examples of why you may restore your database and highlight the importance of keeping regular backups. This article outlines the process of why you may restore your database, and the steps on how to do this.

Restoring a backup from on a new computer

When you open Daylite Server Admin for the first time you receive a prompt to create a new database or restore from a backup. Restoring from a backup is used to move or migrate your current database to another Mac.

If you are restoring a Daylite 3 database to Daylite 6, follow the steps here.

  1. In the Daylite Server Setup Assistant, select Restore a backup.
  2. Click Choose and select a Daylite backup and choose Open
  3. Click Restore.
  4. When done, click Finish.

Now your database has been restored on the new Mac

Replacing your database with a backup

If something has occurred on your database requiring you to rollback to another date Daylite makes it easy to replace your current database with a older copy. Prior to doing the restore log out of your databases on each Mac, iPhone and iPad you use with Daylite.

  1. Open Daylite Server Admin
  2. Open the Lock in the bottom left corner with your computers admin password
  3. Move the On/Off slider to the Off position
  4. Select the Database Pane
  5. Click on the pop up down menu next to "Database" and choose "Restore from Backup.."
  6. Browse to where your backup is stored - by default stored in /Users/Shared
  7. Once Daylite Server Admin completes the restoration, go to the Licenses pane of Daylite Server Admin and ensure that you have added enough licenses.
  8. Turn Daylite Server On

Now that your database has been restored you can log into the new on your Mac, iPhone and iPad creating new local copies of the database.

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