Backup on exit LabManager for desktops

Note that if you are using a cloud edition of LabManager, backups are automatically made every evening, and a rolling 7 days of backups are kept, with the oldest backup being replaced by a new backup each night.


The following instructions are for the desktop edition only.



If you have LabManager installed on a single desktop PC:
 You will see an option to backup when you exit. Once the backup utility has started you will see a button where you can set your preferred backup location. You may want to consider backing up to an online storage location (a Cloud Drive) so your backups are held securely offsite and can be accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. Any online storage/cloud facility that allows you to create a mapped drive on your computer can be used by LabManager for online backups. Check the notes at the end of this article.



If y
ou have a multi-user networked LabManager, it doesn't prompt automatically on exit:

The backup for networked versions has to be done on the Server only. Use the LabManager Backup shortcut which should be on the server's desktop, or in the Windows Start Menu folder

The new backup is robust and doesn't mind if other users are still logged in to LabManager.

NB. However, as a general rule it's still better to be in the habit of closing LabManager on all PCs and the server at the end of the day before clicking the main LabManager Backup shortcut. (even if you also have un-attended backups setup for earlier or later).

Nothing should stop you from doing extra backups a few times during the day from the server without needing to log others out. 

There is a further advantage with the multi-user backup utility, that it can be run unattended and scheduled (from version 8.2), so Windows Scheduler can run un-attended backups in the background. A manager's dream for peace of mind.
Unattended backups can be scheduled from the button at the top of the LabManager backup application.

Also see:

Un-attended backups




If you use the desktop edition of LabManager, and wish to synchronise your backups with another computer (such as allowing you to continue working from home after leaving the lab) you can either backup to a memory stick at the end of the day, and then take this with you and restore from the backup file on the second computer, or if you have internet access on both computers, and an online storage account, you can backup and restore using the internet. There are many free online storage services available. 


If you do wish to work from multiple locations regularly, do consider upgrading to one of the cloud editions of LabManager, as this makes remote working so much easier.

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