How do I backup my DuctDesigner 3D or PipeDesigner 3D data?

Backing up the DuctDesigner 3D data or PipeDesigner 3D data is done through the Utilities program.

Go to the Windows Start menu and navigate to:

  • For Trimble DuctDesigner 3D: Trimble DuctDesigner 3D / Database Backup Utility
  • For Trimble PipeDesigner 3D: Trimble PipeDesigner 3D / Database Backup Utility

Screen One

  1. Click the down arrow next to the Database Type field and select from the list. This defaults to Microsoft SQL Server.
  2. Click the down arrow and select the name of your Server.
    Click the down arrow next to the Server Name field. This locates Microsoft SQL databases installed on the computer. You can then select the appropriate server from the list.
    You can type the server name in the field; however, it must be entered exactly as it is named or the connection will fail.

  3. Depending on the type of database you are using, you can create a a backup using Windows Authentication or SQL Authentication.

  4. Click Next.

Screen Two 

Options pane

Enter a Backup Name and Backup Description. Use a name/description that can be easily identified at a future time; for example, the database name and date of backup.

Backup location pane - required fields are noted with an asterisk in this panel.

  1. Select a Backup Location

Default Folder
The backup file is placed in the default SQL location.

Custom Folder
This option allows you to navigate to a backup location of your choice; for example, a folder created on your local computer specifically to temporarily house backup files. 

Tip - You cannot perform the backup procedure to or from a network drive, or system generated folder on your hard drive (for example, Libraries / Documents). Backups must be performed to your local computer at either the root or a folder you have created specifically for backup/restore files. After the backup file is created successfully, you can copy the resulting file to the network for safekeeping.

  1. Enter a File name. Note: You might consider using an easily identifiable file name.

  2. Click the Add date/time to the file name checkbox if you want this information added to the file name. This information will be added to the beginning of the file name in the following format: M_DD_YYYY HH_MM_II meridian. For example, if the backup is created on April 14, 2011 at 8:36.25. the file name will displays as 4_14_2011 8_36_25 AM-[File name].bak.

  3. Click Next. The backup file is created. When it is done, a message displays on-screen indication the backup was created successfully. Additional information is also included regarding the backup.

  4. Click Finish. The backup utility window closes.

Tip - It is recommended that you copy the resulting backup file to a network drive (or other media, such as CD, DVD, Flash Drive, or network location) to further safeguard your data.