Cobian Backup and SQLBackupandFTP

There are 2 free backup programs that we recommend our GoldMine customers download/install/use for backing up the GoldMine installation directory and SQL databases.

Cobian Backup

http://www.cobiansoft.com/cobianbackup.htm

Cobian Backup is an excellent file backup tool with lots of features. You get full, differential and incremental backups, for instance; zip or 7zip compression; AES 256-bit encryption; include and exclude filters; a strong scheduler, backup to or from FTP servers, and the list goes on. Every aspect of the program is extremely configurable, too there are more than 100 settings you can tweak.

SQL Backup And FTP

http://www.sqlbackupandftp.com/

SQL Backup and FTP creates MS SQL Server & Azure database backups, Zips, Encrypts and sends backups to a local folder, FTP site, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, MS OneDrive, Amazon S3 or Windows Azure Storage. Runs on a flexible Schedule, sends e-mail confirmations on job success or failure. Makes full, differential or transaction log backups, runs custom scripts, backs up file folders, allows viewing of the results on the web and more. The free version has limited functionality but the paid versions won’t break your wallet and are worth a look as well. Here is a link to the paid versions and features offered. http://www.sqlbackupandftp.com/features/
There is no excuse for not having a backup of your GoldMine installation directory and the SQL Databases. Our technicians can work with you to install and configure these programs and this is standard practice when we install new GoldMine installations. It is up to you to maintain and verify the backups are working as initially configured. Depending on your hardware configuration and disk space allocations we typically advise customers to keep at least 1 weeks worth of backups stored locally on the server and backing these up off-site using a cloud storage service or portable hard drive with at least 1-2 months worth of backups. Each customers situation is different and will vary depending on database size and disk space available. Regardless of what ever your hardware situation is, there is no excuse for not having any sort of backup.