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How to backup dbFront before an upgrade. I don't want to loose my settings.

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After I’ve downloaded the latest version, do I just need to do a custom install and install the updated service, or do I need to do a full install. I don’t want to overwrite all of what I’ve already done.

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Yes it is always a great idea to do a backup.

You should be able to just run the installer and do a regular install and it will upgrade the service and the website files without damaging your setup. But just in case you should run a backup first.

You only need a custom install if you manually installed dbFront initially.

The folders that should be backed up are:

  • Service Folder: c:\program files(x86)\dbfront
  • Website Folder: c:\inetpub\dbfront
  • Data / Settings: c:\data\dbFront

For future reference, I use a source control program to backup my c:\data\dbFront folder and ignore the cache subfolder. The file and folder names are cryptic but it lets me better monitor what dbFront is doing.

http://tortoisehg.bitbucket.org/

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Will the IIS settings get overwritten when doing an upgrade? We have dbFront mapped to a URL and HTTPS set up, I don't want to lose that.
dbFront will only create the IIS configuration if it is missing so an upgrade should leave your existing configuration untouched.   That said, please backup before you run the upgrade just incase something goes sideways.
The installer also gives you the option of just saving out the files allowing you to do a manual install.   For manual instructions see: https://dbfront.com/websiteinstall
Thanks Anthony, is backing up the folders as you wrote above in your answer all that is needed, or is there a separate IIS backup?
The backups as listed above are all that is required.
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