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Nant backup and restore

** This is highly Beta **

This Project is just a nant build that you can use to archive instances of Umbraco to a zip file and then restore them to a new instance. (An instance consists of an IIS site, and a database)

If you find errors please report/fix them so we can improve this for everyone.

This has been tested on:

  • Windows 7 ultimate
  • IIS 7.5
  • SQL Server 2008 R2

It won't work with non IIS/SQL setup.

Requirements to run:

  • Nant - Tested with 0.9.0
  • NAnt.Contrib.Tasks.dll

Before running confiure the following in your build script:

  • web.root - a folder where you keep you IIS sites
  • windows.path - c:\windows etc
  • sql.data.dir - path to put SQL server data and log files.
  • contrib.assembly - path to NAnt.Contrib.Tasks.dll
  • ole.db - OLEDB provider connection to your database

To backup:

  • nant backup -D:umb.src=d:\www\4.7 -D:zip.file=umb4.7.clean.zip

To Restore

  • nant restore -D:zip.file=umb4.7.clean.zip -D:target.name=targetsite

Backup performs the following operations:

  • Stop IIS
  • Copy files to temp folder
  • Backup database to temp foler
  • Zip files including www root and db backup
  • start iis

Restore performs the following operations:

  • Stop IIS
  • Create folder for new website - $(web.root}/${target.name}
  • Create new IIS site with .net 4 App Pool - both named ${target.name}
  • Crate new database and login - dbname, login, password all equal ${target.name}
  • Add a host entry ${target.name}.local
  • Update connection string in new site web.config
  • Start IIS



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Darren Ferguson

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Package Compatibility

This package is compatible with the following versions as reported by community members who have downloaded this package:
Untested or doesn't work on Umbraco Cloud
Version 8.18.x (untested)

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Package Information

  • Package owner: Darren Ferguson
  • Created: 13/05/2011
  • Current version 0.1
  • License MIT
  • Downloads on Our: 0