Creating Backup of FAB Network Controller

To be able to recover quickly from a hardware failure or accidental deletion of FAB Network Controller data it is necessary to create a backup at least once per day.

Generally it is very easy to install Windows and also installation of FAB Network Controller Software is very easy. Therefore in case of server failure the recommended way is to reinstall Windows and FAB Network Controller software on a new empty disk. After that:

  • Stop the Windows Service “FAB Network Controller”
  • Restore the complete NC folder from the backup
  • Run NC Config to check that all configuration have been restored correctly
  • Run NC Explorer to check that all teletext pages have been restored correctly
  • Start the Windows Service “FAB Network Controller”

Using ROBOCOPY to create a daily backup

An easy way to copy the complete NC folder to a backup server on the network is to use the ROBOCOPY program which is included in Windows. The following command line can be used to start ROBOCOPY to copy the complete NC folder to a network location. Note that two folders are excluded from the copy process.

robocopy D:\NC \\BACKUPSERVER\BACKUPSHARE\NC /S /E /MIR /A-:SH /W:0 /R:0 /NP /XD D:\NC\Internal\Logs /XD D:\NC\Internal\Temp

You can create a batch file (backup-nc.bat) with the above content and start it every night using Windows Scheduled Tasks so that the backup will be created every night.

Backup of FAB Archive Server

If you are using FAB Archive Server then it will also be necessary to create a daily backup of FAB Archive Server data. You can read about it here.