BACKING UP YOUR FILES AND DATABASE

You must back up a few items as part of the upgrade process. After you have created the backups of the following items, restore them into your local development environment. For more details on the deployment process, refer to Chapter 13.

  • Installed files. Archive all the files in your production installation root and overwrite your development environment. This includes all the files in the installation.
  • Database(s). You should do a hot backup of your database and restore it over your local development database to ensure that the most recent content, media, and configurations are backed up. To make sure that changes are not made during the upgrade process, you can disable editor accounts temporarily.

image For a guide on performing a database backup for SQL Server, see http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q314546#10. For a guide on performing a database backup in MySQL, see http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/copying-databases.html.

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