DNNBackup - Key Features

General Features

  • It is an Evoq Preferred Product

  • Ideal solution for website cloning, copy, move or archival.

  • Free fully functional for localhost, no license key is required.

  • True Full site backup and restore: database (structure + data) plus all files and folders on the site (including \portals, \bin, \desktopmodules, web.config file, etc.).

  • Independence: You can create, backup and restore your site without any intervention from you host provider.

  • Fast and Efficient: It can succeed even in hosting environments where the CPU and Memory are severely restricted. You can fine tune it to perform faster or slower, depending on your ISP and server limitations.

  • Freedom: You can choose when you want to perform a backup, not your hosting provider.
    Note: some hosting vendors provide backup solutions but allow you only limited backups per day or week.

  • It supports ANY ISP (tested on most popular hosting providers including shared servers like GoDaddy, WebHost4Life, Discount ASP and PowerDNN).

  • You can backup your Evoq site in the cloud, and restore it in a standard server and sql
  • Medium Trust Security Context support: The module can work in medium trust (most shared hostings are configured this way).

  • Database Support: All SQL Server versions and editions are supported. From SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2016 (including the Express editions), 2008 R2 and SQL Azure.
    It does not matter if the database and web server are on the same or different boxes.

  • More than backup/restore: useful as a table's data import/export tool, and among other functions, the module includes tools to help you understand your files and database tables size.

  • Delegation: You can delegate to not-host users the backup task (including the scheduled backups monitoring) to any user with proper permissions on the page where the module was added. In addition, not FTP download access is required. All files can be downloaded from the module's "Browser".

  • Latest backups: Easy access and monitoring of the latest performed backups. The information (including download links) is available straight in the module's home page.

  • Offsite backups: The module can automatically copy the backup files to an external FTP server and/or Amazon S3 and/or Windows Azure and/or Rackspace CloudFiles and/or Dropbox.

  • Regular users are welcome: In most cases, you don't have to be a tech geek or DNN guru to be able to clone your DNN site. The Restore Wizard guides you over the needed steps to get your clone up and running.
    You don't have to choose between power and simplicity. You can have both.

  • Easy to use: there is no need for the user to configure any setting.
    The module is auto-configured with the most convenient settings for the current hosting environment. Advanced users can customize what, when and where to backup.

  • Secure backup and restore operations: user credentials are verified before allowing any operation, password protected backup files. Optionally; you can choose the folder name and location (even a protected folder, outside the web site root) where to store the backup files, and you can also choose how the backup files will be named.

  • Module Update Notification: There is no need for you to remember to check our site for new version availability. If you want, the module itself can notify you if there is a newer DNNBackup version available for download.

  • Fine tuning: The module allows you to customize advanced settings, like the compression level, memory buffers sizes and the maximum file size for the generated script files.
    If it is desired or needed, by these settings you can make the backup process perform faster or with a reduced server footprint (useful for some weak or restrictive Hosting Providers).

  • Backup Folder Browser: DNN File Manager like dialog, where you can handle all files found on the configured backup folder.

  • Tools: It includes tools to help you understand which database tables are getting too heavy, or which files in your portal are too big.

Backup Features

  • SQL Server Native backup and restore: When available in your hosting environment, native backup and restore operations are supported by the module.

  • Database Maintenance: Along with the backup operation, you can configure the site to perform some routinely/healthy operations, like truncate the DNN Event Log or shrink the database (e.g. if you need to save hosting space).

  • Scheduled backups: You can configure the module to perform scheduled backups.
    You don’t need any administrative right to configure your scheduled task options or see the scheduled task's history. All the information you need is available on module's scheduler configuration page.

  • Multiple schedules: You can define different, and as many scheduled backups as you want. E.g., you can define a daily backup of the data that changes more often and a monthly backup for more static data. You can also create a schedule to copy a single table's data or a set of portal folders, or a job just to clear the DNN Event log or shrink the database, etc. 

  • Offsite backups: The module can automatically copy the backup files to an external FTP server and/or Amazon S3 and/or Windows Azure and/or Rackspace CloudFiles and/or Dropbox. The module can be configured to delete the local file once it was uploaded.

  • Notifications: Notification emails (w/customizable templates) for backup operations.

  • Huge Backup Files The module supports the Zip64 format, which means almost unlimited size and capacity for the backup ZIP files.

  • Differential Files Backup: Option to backup only the new or updated files.

  • Secured backups: you can setup the module to password-protect the generated backup ZIP files.

  • Retention Policy: You can configure automatic deletion for old backup files.
    Optionally, date & time can be appended to each backup file name (each backup operation will generate a different backup file).
    You can have different policies for backup saved locally on the web server, and backups saved on the off-site locations.

  • Inclusions/Exclusions: You can choose which tables, files and folders you want to include or exclude from the backup. You can even select 'external' folders (folders outside the web site's root) to be included in the portal files' backup.
    Wildcards for folders exclusion rules are supported.

  • Human friendly There is no need to read cryptic XML or CSV files. DNNBackup writes standard human readable and updateable .sql query files (Script method), which you can edit, modify and even manually run!

  • Any database size is fully supported.

Restore Features

  • Restore Pack: DNNBackup can restore/rebuild a site from scratch. No running DNN is required to rebuild a site. You just have to unzip the 'Restore Pack' in your blank/empty web site and follow the Restore Wizard.

  • Restore Pack Loader: It is a tiny (10 Kb) web application you can install (unzipping it in your web's root folder, and browsing to the /RestoreWizardLoader.aspx page) in your destination sever instead of the complete 'Restore Pack'.
  • Restore Wizard: A user-friendly wizard, which guides you through all the steps needed to restore or clone your saved DNN instance (database and files).
    It is a standalone application. You don't need a running DNN site to restore a backup.

  • Offsite locations: You can browse and restore files from any of the supported offsite locations.
  • SQL Query Tool: Handy tool included in the Restore Wizard, from which you can execute SQL statements against the database (you can even create the database from there). It supports {directives} and /* comments */ same as the built-in DNN Host SQL utility.

  • Safe Settings: DNNBackup can set Host Settings, refresh the WebServers table, reconfigure the site's SSL settings, or update the main Portal Alias for you.

    Table’s data filter: You can set a filter to restore just some (or one) table’s data.

  • Power users can customize the generated backup file and i.e. be able to restore individual tables with customized information.

  • 'Object Qualifier' customization: When restoring, you can replace it (even leave it blank). There is no need to keep the original ObjectQualifier.

  • SQL Server version downgrade: When restoring a 'script' or 'dacpac' database backup, usually it does not matter the source SQL Server's version. For instance, you can restore in SQL Server 2008 R2 a site that is running in SQL Azure, or you can restore in SQL Server 2008/2012/2014/2016 a source site running in SQL Server 2016.

  • Portal Files: all the portal files and folders are restored to their original locations. When cloning a site, the web.config file is automatically updated to match your new database connection.

About Evotiva backup solutions

  • Since 2005, our DNN backup solutions are trusted and tested by thousands of users worldwide. Check out our rank and reviews (DNNBackup, BackupNative & BackupScript).

  • Superb support.

  • Simple and flexible licensing installation and policy.

  • Our previous BackupScript module was the first and only backup module reviewed by DNN Corp.

  • And more. Please try it and check by yourself.


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5.0 review rating Jeff M says...

quote Great product. I was able to recover DNN with multiple portals and restore to a new host. Support during this process was excellent and with it now configured to backup direct to Amazon S3, I have a little less to worry about.

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