Un-attended backups

If you have a single user (1 PC) Transactor Lab Manager:

Un-attended backups are not recommended for these setups because the operator must check that all Transactor Lab Manager windows are closed. That is why with single PC (ie. 'Local') Transactor Lab Manager, it fits in well with the Backup on Exit feature.

If you have a multi-user networked Transactor Lab Manager, you can use attended and unattended backups

The attended and unattended backup for networked versions has to be done on the Server only.

For attended backups use the Transactor Backup shortcut which should be on the server's desktop, or in the Transactor folder in your Windows Start Menu.

The multi-user backup is robust and doesn't mind if other users have forgotten to log out of Transactor Lab Manager. However, as a general rule it's still better to have a procedure to close Transactor Lab Manager on all terminals. Nothing should stop you from doing a backup a few times during the day from the server without needing to log others out. A midday backup would certainly help your lab if you have a major PC crash in the afternoon as you won't lose that mornings work.

The multi-user Backup utility also has the advantage that it can configure a Windows Scheduler task to do un-attended backups in the background. A manager's dream for peace of mind.

To configure an un-attended scheduled backup:

Requires Transactor Lab Manager 8.2.

Open the Transactor Backup utility.
Click the scheduling button at the top right.
Choose the frequency, and start date and time.
When you close the form, you will be asked to enter your Windows username and password. This is so a Windows scheduled task can be configured to run even when no users are logged on to the PC.

How to check the backups are happening:

Look in your backup folder and check the creation date of the files in there, as well as the file names, as these include the date and time the backup file was created.

Feedback and Knowledge Base