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Topic: Navision Backup
Posted By: DanBrydon
Subject: Navision Backup
Date Posted: April 21 2007 at 7:28am

Does anyone know of a more cost effective method of scheduling a navision backup besides keepitsafe and Expandit( I have tried both keepitsafe seems to work the best but for the amount of licenses we need it works out at 50k per year!!


Dan Brydon

Posted By: Jimmy
Date Posted: May 08 2007 at 1:14pm

 What version are you running? I run a windows scheduled task every night using Hotcopy.exe. This comes with Navision and is located in the installation directory of your C:drive. It's simple and it's free!!!!


Posted By: chris1
Date Posted: May 17 2007 at 2:10pm
hi, interested in your 'hotcopy' procedure. I read a little about it in the nav manual. Could you describe how you set this up. And is the backup as small as the backup made by the backup program from within navision? Only our database is currently 30gb and it won't fit on a tape unless its the compressed backup. Do you have to stop the navision service before starting the hotcopy?

Posted By: Proferp
Date Posted: August 07 2007 at 1:46am
There is a free tool available on mibuso named DW NavBackup, or here - . It's still in beta version, but soon will be fixed. Take a look at it.

Posted By: GeminiTech
Date Posted: September 09 2007 at 9:57am
My company Gemini Tech has just developed a product for backing up Navision cside db's. it also compresses the file and will ftp it to another location or machine. it is almost ready for release.  let me know if you are still looking -

Posted By: ivdorado
Date Posted: September 11 2007 at 9:44am
The only product known to guarantee a completely consistent, shrinked and compressed backup is the Backup Utility from Expandit.
Doing the backup from outside Navision (Hotcopy for example) doesn't care of any integrity in the database, it just does a copy of the .fdb file. The Backup Utility even look for damaged sectors in the part of the hard disk your .fdb file is in.
After a real disaster with an unrestorable Navision database you start being careful with the kind of things you don't consider when you only need a backup to be done Big%20smile But, what happens when it can't be restored?

Read - this and you'll see what i mean.

Posted By: Proferp
Date Posted: September 12 2007 at 1:11am
Why the only? NavBackup seems has more functionality and it's free of cost?!?

Posted By: gaelDE
Date Posted: November 07 2007 at 7:48am

with this tool HotCopy.exe, did anyone have problems before ?
i use it and it crash after 4 hours while saying in the log file : an other process had access to the db !

my db is 50GB big and 90 users are working on it. Could that be a source of problem ?

here is my .bat command to plan the backup :
HotCopy.exe source="xxxxxxx" destination="xxxxxxx" servername=xxxxx user=xxxxx password=xxxxx osauthentication=no dbtest=minimum cc=no nettype=tcp description="Manual Navision backup" email="xxxxxxx" >H:\HotCopy\blablabla.txt

when manually started it says : testing keys ...

and crash 2 hours later while generating the up-quoted log file.

do someone have an idea ....except switching in SQL server !



Posted By: Proferp
Date Posted: July 09 2008 at 8:34am
There are solution for Navision Backup, called Navierra Backup -  the price is 320EUR - fully functional 30-day trial is available on mibuso or their site.

Posted By: ipractice
Date Posted: July 11 2008 at 4:33pm
contact iPractice LLC at - and develop a custom backup utility at a very low cost


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