The Portals for Tableau New Features series is designed to keep users up to date with all the latest features being added to InterWorks' embedded analytics solution, Portals for Tableau.
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The new season of Major League Tornadoes is getting kicked off around the InterWorks headquarters, so disaster recovery is on our minds. Portals for Tableau has had the ability to export various pieces of its data for quite some time. However, it could not provide a proper backup since it lacked features such as the ability to export files, logos, etc.
The new full portal backup system rectifies that issue. These backups will export the database structure and data, the portal code and all uploaded files.
Creating a New Portal Backup
To take a new backup, navigate to Backend > Settings > Import/Export > Full Backup tab, and click on the Take New Backup button. When you do, you will be able to watch the status as the new backup is built. The portal will even show you up-to-date stats on how much free space you have available on your portal server to ensure you have room. These stats will be refreshed periodically while the backup is being built if you like to follow along and keep score in the stands.
When your new backup is complete, you can click on it to download the zip archive and store it for safe keeping. You also have the ability to remove old backups that are no longer needed to free up space for new ones.
Scheduling Backups for Your Portals for Tableau
You even have the option to schedule backups to make life easier. To avoid scheduled backups piling up and maxing out your server’s storage, you can also configure how many backups to retain. As new backups are created, old ones will be purged. By default, a weekly backup will take place and it will retain the two latest ones.
With this new backup system, you can rest a little easier the next time the Twisters come to your data center’s town and the game is a total blowout.