BioStar 2's database has gone through a few changes since it's release. 

The AC database started out with the SQLite Database and in version 2.2.1, the MariaDB T&A database was released. 

Starting version 2.3, both databases became Maria DB by default (express installation). Hence the backup method has changed as well. 

Refer to the image below to see the changes in the Database in BioStar 2 versions. 



Automatic database backup of AC database is only supported up to version 2.2.1


License Backup

If you would like to re-use your BioStar 2 license, refer to the following article: [BioStar 2] Reactivating the License



Database Backup

Cautions

- For BioStar 2.6, you must back up the encryption key. Refer to the backup instructions in the 2.6 database backup section below. 



2.0 ~ 2.2.2 Database Backup and Restore


You can use refer to the PDF attachment to back up your BioStar 2.0~2.2.2 database.
Note that the AC database can be backed up easily with a copy and paste after stopping BioStar 2 services because it is a SQLite DB.
For the T&A database, use the option to back up with the instructions shown in 2.3~ Database Backup below. 


2.3~2.5 Database Backup

Note: For MSSQL backup, refer to the following link. MS SQL Database Backup and Restore Instructions


You will have to install MySQL Workbench to back up and restore the database. 


Important Note for T&A Users 
If you are making a clean uninstall and reinstalling BioStar 2.3 in the server PC or if you are installing and restoring BioStar 2.3 in another PC, you will have to back up the security folder in the path below:
C:\Program Files\BioStar 2(x64)\ta\security

Copy the files in the folder and paste it the same path of your new BioStar 2.3 when restoring your T&A.
This only applies to version 2.3 T&A and this process is not required for version 2.4 


Caution: You must stop your BioStar 2 server when backing up and restoring the database.


1.Open a web browser.
2.Access the following link
3.Click Download Now to download MySQL Workbench. 

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4.Click Download to download the MSI Installer

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5.Click No thanks, just start my download. 

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6.Run the downloaded file.
7.It will ask you to install the prerequisites. Click Download Prerequisites

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8.The link will guide you to download the files below. Install if you don’t already have them:

9.After installing all the prerequisites, run the MySQL Workbench installer again.
10.Launch MySQL Workbench with administrator privileges.
11.Click the + sign. 

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12.Set a name for Connection Name.
13.Set the Port to 3312.
14.Enter your database administrator id in Username.
The account you configured in the BioStar 2 express installation is root.
15.Click Store in Vault … and enter password. 

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16.Click Test Connection and check that it is successful.
17.If you see a Connection Warning click Continue Anyway.
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18.Click Ok to connect to the database.
19.Select Data Export on the Navigator.
20.On Object Selection – Schema, select the database you want to back up. 


* It is recommended to back up the AC and TA database separately.
* biostar2_ac is the AC database and biostar_tna is the T&A database. 

* biostar_ve is the video database (version 2.5 and above) 


21.On the right column Schema Objects, check that all tables are checked.
22.On Objects to Export check all three items.
23.For Export Options select Export to Self-Contained File.
24.Check Include Create Schema.
25.Click Start Export.

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The process will take several minutes and longer based on the size of your database. 



Image Logs

If you want to back up the image log images, you will have to back up the imagelog folder in the BioStar 2 directory. 

C:\Program Files\BioStar 2(x64)\

Note: The image logs that are stored in this folder are the image logs that you have clicked to check in the monitoring menu. Not all logs are saved in this folder by design to help with BioStar 2 performance


Configuration

If you are going to restore the server in a different PC, you will have to back up the configuration files which hold the cloud and server settings. 

Back up the setting.conf and system.conf files in C:\Program Files\BioStar 2(x64)



2.6 Database Backup

Back up all the files mentioned above and also the encryption key file located in C:\Program Files\BioStar 2(x64)\util


Video Database Backup


BioStar 2 video integration was introduced in BioStar 2.5. 

In order to back up BioStar 2's video database you have to follow the procedure shown above in  2.3~2.5 database backup and also copy the files in the folders  below: 


C:\Program Files\BioStar 2(x64)\ve\records

C:\Program Files\BioStar 2(x64)\ve\db\

 



Database Restore

Caution

- You cannot restore a backup of a different version of BioStar because the database structure is different for every version. 

If you do proceed to make such restoration, it will cause multiple issues with the server, including large amount of system logs, server crashes, device disconnections. 

i.e: backup of BioStar 2.4 restored in BioStar 2.5, backup of BioStar 2.5 in BioStar 2.4 > all not supported


- When restoring the T&A database, you have to restore the T&A database that was backed up in the same time as the AC database. If the AC and TA databases are backed up and restored in different time periods, it will cause issues with the server. 


2.3~2.5 Database Restore


1. Install MySQL Work Bench and Connect to the database as shown above in the back up process.
2. Select Data Import/Restore.
3. Click Import from Self-Contained File radio button.
4. Select your file to import by pressing the button.
5. Click Start Import.

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Note

When you restore the T&A database, you have to stop and start all BioStar 2 services again with BioStar Setting.


Configuration

If you are restoring your server in a new PC and not a existing BioStar 2 install, restore the server configuration as below. 

Open the setting.conf and system.conf files you backed up from C:\Program Files\BioStar 2(x64)

Paste the relevant configuration contents to the setting.conf and system.conf files in C:\Program Files\BioStar 2(x64)


Caution: Note that the items port (https server port) and ssl_address (server IP) in the setting.conf should be configured according to the new server's IP and BioStar Setting configuration.



2.6 Database Restore

Restore your database based on 2.3~2.5 database restore instruction and additionally restore the encryption key file located in C:\Program Files\BioStar 2(x64)\util

This must be placed in the directory before starting the services. 


Video Database Restore

In addition to restoring the database, restore the following folders that you have backed up 


C:\Program Files\BioStar 2(x64)\ve\records

C:\Program Files\BioStar 2(x64)\ve\db\


Image Logs

If you want to restore the image log images, you will have to paste the imagelog folder you backed up before in the BioStar 2 directory. 

C:\Program Files\BioStar 2(x64)\

Note: The image logs that are stored in this folder are the image logs that you have clicked to check in the monitoring menu. Not all logs are saved in this folder by design to help with BioStar 2 performance