Backing up role databases - Security Center

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You back up a role database from Config Tool, from the role's Resources page.

Before you begin

For the Directory database, see Backing up the Directory database.

What you should know

You protect the data managed by a role by backing up its database. For the Archiver and Auxiliary Archiver roles, you also need to back up the video archive because the associated video files are not stored in the database.


  1. From the Config Tool home page, open the System task, and click the Roles view.
  2. Select a role, and click the Resources tab.
  3. Click Backup/Restore ().
  4. In the Backup/Restore dialog box, beside the Backup folder field, click Select folder (), and select the folder where you want to save the backup file.
    IMPORTANT: Make sure you select a separate and secure location to store your backups.
    NOTE: The location of the Backup folder is relative to the server performing the backup. By default, databases are backed up to C:\SecurityCenterBackup on the database server, and configuration files are backed up to the same folder on the server hosting the role. If the folder does not exist, it will be created. To save your backups on a shared network drive, enter the path manually, and ensure that both the Genetec™ Server service user and the SQL Server service user have write access to that location.
  5. (Optional) Turn on the Compress backup file option to create a ZIP file instead of a BAK file.
    If you select this option, you need to unzip the backup file before you can restore it.
    IMPORTANT: The Compress backup file option only works if the database is local to the server hosting the role.
  6. Click Backup now.


A backup file is created in the backup folder with the file extension BAK. The name of the file is the database name, followed by “_ManualBackup_”, and the current date and time.