RESTORE: How to restore clients
First you need a backup file
There are different types of backup files depending
on the program versions:
Files like BLCLIENT.DAT, BLCLIENT1.DAT, BLCLIENT2.DAT
BAILINE.BAK and BACKUP.BAK are 'client files'.
These files can contain one or more clients
You can create these types of backup files through
the menu 'Register: Special: Backup' in newer versions of
the Bailine program.
The actual names of the files are not important but
we recommend you stick to using names like above when you create
BAILINE BAK files
With newer versions of the BSP program you create
a restorable backup file through the menu 'Register: Special: Backup'
You can restore clients from such a file, even while
you are working with other clients, through the menu 'Register:
The default name for a backup file is 'BAILINE.BAK'.
You can change this name but only the 8 first character will be
Storing a backup file for a spesific date you may
want to name the file as BLYYMMDD, where YY is the year, MM is the
month and DD the day, e.g. storing a backup file for March 11, 2010
use the name BL100311.BAK etc.
The client register
BAILINE.DAT is NOT a freely restorable backup file
for individual clients.
This file is the main client register. You can use
this file for a restore of a COMPLETE client register, however the
file would need to be converted to a more flexible format before
you can extract individual clients from it.
To convert a BAILINE.DAT file to a restorable client
file send the file to email@example.com or you can convert the file
yourself by following the instructions found here
Zip files (Windows)
Backup-files are usually transferred by email as zip-files
Zip files are compressed files and such files need
to be unpacked before you can use them.
In Windows you can usually double click on the zip
file to extract the files it contains.
If double clicking does not work you need to install
a zip program in Windows.
We recommend downloading WinRar from www.rarlabs.com.
Zip files (DOS)
(You can avoid having to use DOS-commands by having
both Windows and DOS installed on the same computer)
In DOS you also need to have a zip-program installed.
The backup program found at www.bailine.com/files
+ program files + backup can be used.
After you have installed this backup program you can
'unzip' e.g. a ZIP file from e.g. a diskette by typing the following
commands at the C-prompt:
\PKZIP\PKUNZIP A:* [Enter]
The location of the files extracted from the zip file
with the above commands is C:\BAK
To list the files in C:\BAK under DOS you type
DIR /P [Enter]
To delete all files from C:\BAK you type the following
To restore all or individual clients from a client
file you use the menu 'Register: Special: Restore'.
(With older program versions you can only restore
individual clients one by one through the menu Register: Special:
Open clients from other register)
The program will then ask for you the path (=location)
and the name of the backup file.
If you have a backup file BLCIENT.DAT on a diskette the correct
path would be:
If you have extracted e.g. a backup file BLCIENT1.DAT
to C:\BAK the correct path would be:
Restoring a complete client register
To restore a complete client register you need a BAILINE.DAT
(If you don't have this file you can also restore clients from one
of more client files. However restoring a register from a BAILINE.DAT
file is the only way to restore ALL aspects of the client register)
You have to exit the Bailine program before doing
Under Windows you can just copy the BAILINE.DAT file
(your backup) into the folder C:\BAILINE. If the backup file is
zipped (bailine.zip) you need to unzip the file first.
If you have made your backup with the copy command
you type the following
If you have made your backup with the \BAILINE\BACKUP command you
\PKZIP\PKUNZIP A:* [Enter]
Answer Yes + [Enter] if the program ask you if you want to overwrite
files, you will get that question if you use the same disk more
Verify that you receive the message '1 file(s) copied' for each
For further information refer to www.bailine.com/faq