These instructions are for SQL Server versions.
Note: You may need to restore a backup after moving to a new server
To restore a database:
- Complete a backup of the live database. For information on backup procedures, refer to How to back up Blackbaud databases.
Note: It is typically not necessary to detach the existing database because restoring from a backup overwrites the database that is currently attached to the Blackbaud Management Console. If the database is already detached, then simply re-attach the backup copy of the database to the Blackbaud Management Console.
- From the main screen of the Blackbaud Management Console, highlight Backup in under the product to restore.
- In the Restore from Backup frame, click Restore.
- In the Backup file to Restore field, enter the location of the backup database or click browse to locate the backup file.
- The backup file has a .MDF or .ZIP file extension and contains the .LDF and .ldf files that comprise the database.
- IMPORTANT: The current database will be overwritten with the restored data. Do not click Restore unless you intend to do so, or have a valid backup of the live database files.
- Click Restore. Click Yes to confirm the database overwrite and begin the data restore process. Once the Backup is restored, a confirmation message appears.
Additional Requirements: If your organization integrates multiple Blackbaud products, or integrates with additional third-party products, there are additional requirements for backing up and restoring databases:
- Users should not enter data at the time when the scheduled backups are run.
- Integration scheduled tasks or SQL jobs must be disabled during the scheduled backups.
- All databases must be backed up in succession.
- If you find it necessary to restore one product database, you must also restore all other integrated product databases from the same backup set. Failure to do so may result in a broken integration between products; repairing and re-integrating products is a billable service.
- If you integrate The Raiser's Edge with The Patron Edge, refer to What is the best practice for backing up and restoring a database when Patron Edge and The Raiser's Edge are integrated?.
- If you use WebPurchasing and are restoring from a backup, restart IIS.