QuickBooks 2010 Data Backup and Maintenance

Scheduling Automated Backups

Automated backups are used for set it and forget it backup strategies. In the previous lesson, you learned that you need to have a backup file. Manually backing up your data is fraught with risks – you could forget to do it, your system relies on human reliability, you could back up the file to a local drive that fails. All companies should have some sort of automated backup strategy in place for all of their data, but especially for their crucial data – such as their QuickBooks data file. In this tutorial, you will learn how to schedule automated QuickBooks data backups.

  1. Follow the previous steps to run a backup until you reach step 8, then select either Save it now and schedule future backups or Only schedule future backups. Click Next to continue.
  2. On the next screen, you set the schedule you’d like to backup on.
  3. On this screen, you can create a new schedule by clicking the New button.
  4. Enter the schedule and frequency of backups. In our example above, we’ve created a weekly backup to be run every Tuesday morning. You can setup whatever frequency you desire for your backups. When you’re finished, click OK.
  5. Enter your Windows username and password.
  6. Click Finish to schedule your backup.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully configured automated backups.

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