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Performing a cold backup

This section describes the procedure for performing a cold backup.

By default, the dir.root contains both the contentstore and indexes. For a cold backup, you can back up the content and the database, and perform a full reindex when a backup is restored. A full reindex can be a time consuming process, so these steps include the indexes in the backup, removing the need to perform a reindex.
  1. Stop Alfresco.
  2. Back up the database Alfresco is configured to use, using your database vendor's backup tools.
  3. In parallel, backup the dir.root directory (only the contentstore and contentstore.deleted directories).
  4. Store both the database and dir.root backups together as a single unit.

    For example, store the backups in the same directory or compressed file.

  5. Start Alfresco.