Making a backup of 800xA AFW files

Making a backup of 800xA AFW files

To include 800xA VB graphics in a build, a copy of the 800xA graphics needs to be extracted to .AFW files. These files can also be used in PG2 builds for additional support and information, as well as to dredge up any remaining unconverted VB graphics (whose identity may be unknown by users, since they are displayed without complaint on otherwise entirely PG2 systems). The following instructions explain how to do this.

Excerpt from System 800xA 5.1 Maintenance User Manual, pages 98-99:

800xA System Backup The backup/restore utility supports manual and scheduled backups of 800xA system information. For scheduled backups, the ABB Inform IT Scheduler must be installed.


All system extensions that are part of the system must be installed and added on the node where the backup will be taken (usually the Primary Aspect Server node). Changes must not be made (especially to the Aspect directory) during the online backup process. When backing up a system with environments both the Production environment and the Engineering environment will be included in the backup. Only the current version of each aspect will be included in the backup, which means that all version history will be removed.


The following steps outline the 800xA system backup procedure....

  1. Create a Full Backup Definition object in the Maintenance Structure, and configure the Scope and the Storage tabs. Note that it is only possible to perform a backup from the Production environment.
  2. Check disk space and path in the Storage tab of the Backup Definition aspect. A large configuration could require a minimum of five gigabytes of free space.
  3. Start the backup process.
  4. In case of any warning or error messages (refer to How to make a Full Backup ...), take the appropriate measure and create a new backup.

Do not manually import or edit any information in backup files.

Excerpt from System 800xA 5.1 Maintenance User Manual, pages 122-123:$file/3BSE046784-510_A_en_System_800xA_5.1_Maintenance.pdf

How to make a Full Backup

Follow the recommendations below to make a Full Backup.

  1. Create a Full Backup Definition object with definitions of scope and storage settings.
  2. Configure the Backup Definition aspect.
  3. In the aspect, select the Summary and Start Backup tab and click the Start Backup button to start the backup.
  4. A new Full Backup object is created when the Full Backup is running. It will be created in the Maintenance Structure under the Backups object. It will be called <Backup Definition Name>;<Date>;

<Backup Definition Name> is the name of the Backup Definition object the backup was created from. <Date> it the date when the backup was started. <Time> is the time when the backup was started.

A backup consists of a BackupInfo.xml file, and a set of files containing actual backup data. The backup object has a Backup Info aspect, with Scope, Storage, and Status tabs. </blockquote>

Backup Object

The Storage tab shows the node on which the backup was made. It also displays the backup path and the size of the backup.

If the backup is copied to a media, for example a CD or DVD, the media code can be entered in this dialog as well....

The Status tab displays the progress and status of an ongoing backup as well as the status of a finished backup. The log file can be displayed on a finished backup.

Aspects and objects are restored from the Configuration Wizard, and not from this tab.

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