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Automated Backup Setup

You can manually run backups or set them to run automatically.


Manage automated course backups

Steps: Administration > Site administration > Courses > Backups

The Course Backups page enables administrators to configure automated course backups and a backup schedule.

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Backups.
  2. Select Automated backup setup.
  3. Set the Active option for the Automated backup setup to Enabled.
  4. Select whether or not to Skip Non-Accessed Courses.

    Check the box to skip courses that have not been accessed or received enrollments since the previous backup.

  5. Determine when, where, and how many backups should be processed and stored.

    Unless there is a path directory for the archives, the courses get saved within the courses themselves. If the course is accidentally delete, the backup is deleted.

    Often, clients who are saving archives to a single path, will create an SFTP script to download the contents of that directory to a local destination for additional safe-keeping.

    • Select the days for the backups in the Schedule area.
    • Set the time for the backups in the Execute at area.
    • Set the location for the backups in the Automatic backup storage and Save to areas.
    • Set the number of backups to retain in the Keep area.​
  6. Check Use course name in backup filename.

    This setting includes the course name for easier searching.

  7. Select whether or not to Skip hidden courses.

    Check the box to skip courses that have been marked as hidden.

  8. Select where or not to Skip courses not modified since a specific number of selected days.

    Select the number of days.

  9. Select whether or not to Skip courses not modified since the previous backup.

    Check the box to skip courses that have not changed.

  10. Complete the Automatic backup settings that Blackboard recommends:
    • Check Include users.
    • Check Include role assignments.
    • Check Include activities.
    • Check Include blocks.
    • Check Include filters.
    • Check Include comments.
    • Check Include badges.
    • Check Include user completion information.
    • Check Include logs.
    • Check Include histories.
    • Check Include question bank.
  11. Select Save changes.