Understanding backup and restore settings

Applies to: VisualSVN Server 3.6 and later

This article describes the settings of the built-in Backup and Restore feature introduced in VisualSVN Server 3.6.

Default backup destination

Default backup destination is a setting that specifies a directory into which VisualSVN Server will place the repository backups, by default. Every time when you create a new scheduled backup job or make a one-time backup, VisualSVN Server suggests the default backup destination. In other words, default backup destination is always used as an initial setting for backup destination.

VisualSVN Server installer preconfigures the default backup destination to the C:\Users\Public\Documents\VisualSVN Server\Backup folder, but it is recommended to change the default backup destination to a network share or a separate physical drive. It is strongly discouraged to store repositories and their backups on the same physical drive, because this increases the possibility of data loss. For further details, see the article KB111: Choosing backup destination.

If you change the default backup destination, the existing backup jobs will not inherit this change and will continue to create the backups into the location configured for them.

Permissions required for backup destination

When you create the backup destination folder manually on a local disk or on a network share, you should make sure this folder has appropriate permissions configured. For further details, see the KB111: Choosing backup destination.

Permissions will be adjusted automatically when the backup destination folder is created by the VisualSVN Server Manager. To create a new backup destination directory with the required NTFS permissions, follow these steps:

  1. Start the VisualSVN Server Manager console.
  2. Click Action | Properties and click the Backup tab.
  3. Enter the path to the destination folder, which doesn’t exist yet. Click OK.
  4. Click Yes in the next dialog box to create a new folder. New destination folder with the required permissions will be created.

See also

KB106: Getting started with Backup and Restore
KB111: Choosing backup destination
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