There’s More to Backing Up Dynamics GP Than Meets the Eye

Dynamics GP provides a mechanism inside the application to set up regular backups. Administrators simply go to the Microsoft Dynamics GP menu and select Tools->Maintenance->Backup. From there a wizard walks you through the process of the first backup and setting up recurring, scheduled backups.

Simple, right?

Not so fast. The built-in backup process in Microsoft Dynamics GP only backs up the data in the SQL tables. This is a fine place to start, but it's really just the minimum backup for most companies.Not covered are customized forms, reports, and financial statement formats-which many companies accumulate in significant numbers-- that would be costly and time consuming to replace. Then there are integrations, notes, collection letters and more that make up the full Dynamics GP ecosystem.

A Dynamics GP system is more than just data, it's the infrastructure around that data as well.

How can companies make sure that they are backing up all the pieces of their GP environment? Here are the things to make sure you back up:

-Dynamics GP SQL - Back up the Company, Dynamics, Master and Model Databases. This is the core backup and unfortunately, it's as far as most people get.

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About Mark Polino

Mark Polino is a Microsoft MVP for Dynamics GP and a Senior Consultant with Integrated Business Group in Central Florida. He is author or coauthor of four books on Microsoft Dynamics GP. Mark has been working with Dynamics GP and its predecessors since 1999. He is a Florida licensed CPA and holds an MBA from Rollins College.

Building Dashboards with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Excel 2013Mark's new book, Building Dashboards with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Excel 2013, is available now.

 

 

 

 

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