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Automate Time Matters Backups:

This applies to versions 10, 11, and 12.

Starting with version 10 of Time Matters you can create a task to automatically perform a backup of the Time Matters SQL database, Documents and Email attachments.

Time Matters versions 10 and 11 includes the ability to backup your database and documents by passing the necessary information on the command line when you start Time Matters. This new command line backup feature can be used in conjunction with Windows Task Scheduler to automate backups.

 

The switches are a follows:

Perform Backup:                                 /backup

Skip SQL database backup                   /nosql

Skip email attachments                        /noemail

Skip document directory                        /nodocs

Use custom description/file name           /zipdest  (this switch must be the last one on the command line.                                    (with a maximum of 100 characters.)

 

 

 

Here are some examples:

Full Backup:

C:\Program Files\LexisNexis\Time Matters\tmwe.exe /backup

 

Full Backup + Custom description/file name:

C:\Program Files\LexisNexis\Time Matters\tmwe.exe /backup /zipdest filename

 

Files Backup Only – Omit SQL Database Backup

C:\Program Files\LexisNexis\Time Matters\tmwe.exe /backup /nosql

 

Database Backup + Document Backup, but not the Email Attachments Directory:

C:\Program Files\LexisNexis\Time Matters\tmwe.exe /backup /noemail

 

Database Backup Only – No Documents or Email Attachments

C:\Program Files\LexisNexis\Time Matters\tmwe.exe /backup /nodocs /noemail

Backup file names and destinations

The actual backup file names will vary depending on the day of the week.

An example of the SQL database backup file name would be TimeMatters11AutomatedBackupWednesday.bak

The database will be backed up to the default backup folder for the instance of SQL Server you are using.

Example backup file names for documents and email attachments would be

TMWED.ZIP and TMWED_Email.ZIP

Documents and email attachments will be backed up to teh default location of:

C:\Documents and Settings\(User Name)\My Documents

If you would like to backup documents and email attachments to another directory, Open Time Matters on the machine that you will be setting up the automated backup and go to File | Backup Time Matters Data.

In section 2 specify the backup location and select the option to Remember this destination for future backups. When you change the backup location you must click OK in order for Time Matters to save that location. Once you click OK it will start the SQL backup and the Document and Email backup. You can cancel those processes if you want, the new backup location will be saved. See screen shot below.

 

Using Task Scheduler

When setting up a scheduled task on Windows 7 or Server 2008 and 2011 Select the option to Run whether user is logged in or not. Also select Run with highest privileges on the General Tab of the New Task. See screen shots below.

 

The actions tab is where you will set the Time Matters Program, Path and backup options. See screen shot below.

 

*** Special Instructions for Vista Windows 7 and Server 2008 and 2011***

In the Task Scheduler under the Actions Tab in the Program/script area enter the executable only (tmwe.exe).

In the add argument area add /backup

In the Start in area add the full path to the directory where the executable is located.

Ex. C:\Program Files (x86)\LexisNexis\Time Matters\