Self Contained Data Bundle - All Data
Idea shared by Curtis Kropar www.HawaiianHope.org - July 12 at 11:50 AM
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You know what i would really love to see ?

SmarterMail to use fully self contained data.
All domains, configuration, tweaks, settings, logs, etc.  everything at the location we specify.

We have SmarterMail domains stored on a D: drive.  I expect a program to be as self contained as possible, not having crap scattered all over the place.  So when i say "put it on Drive D:"  I mean everything. ALL data, not bits and pieces. For me, this would ideally even include all of the configuration data.   

This would make backups, restores, repairs and moves a breeze.

Ideally i would like to be able to take SmarterMail, install it, and have all of the data, configuration, etc, etc... everything - at a location we specify.  Then, for an upgrade, restoring a backup, repair or to move it to a new server, just zip up the data location, install smarter mail at the new location, drop the data, unzip, point smarter mail to the data location, press start, and it is fully functional again.  Self contained data bundle. saving hours of restore and configuration.

Restoring to a previous state would be jsut as easy.  you have a zipped copy of the old data bundle, pause SmarterMail, unzip the backup on drive G:, tell smartermail to use the G: drive now, push start, and boom, fully functional at the previous state.

www.HawaiianHope.org - Providing technology services to non profit organizations, homeless shelters, clean and sober houses and prisoner reentry programs. in 2018, in just one year, we gave away 1,000 Free Computers !

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Yes, and no :)

For example on our 30k accounts setup for example, we use multiple folders on multiple drives (served by a NetApp SAN) that aren't configured the same.

For example:
Drive C: System + SmarterMai App
Drives D: E: F: G: are different drives to store domains/users folders (they are their own automatic snapshot policies on the SAN)
Drive L: for logs (without snapshots)
Drive S: for spool

This also allows to spread disk I/Os across different "pipes" to lower latency.

But for smaller setups of course it's better to have all in one place :)

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Ok, Well, guess i could clarify that a bit then.  "All one place" or rather "where we tell it."  But isolated from the SmarterMail program itself, not setting embedded in the C drive. I think it would make repairs, backups, moves so much easier.

www.HawaiianHope.org - Providing technology services to non profit organizations, homeless shelters, clean and sober houses and prisoner reentry programs. in 2018, in just one year, we gave away 1,000 Free Computers !

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Kyle Kerst Replied
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Curtis, for the most part all domain data is stored within the directory you specify on domain creation. We do keep a link TO that domain in the domains.json (wherever you install SmarterMail into) but the domain configuration, settings, file storage, mail data, etc is all stored with the domain storage location. Please see the KB article below for more information on where files and content is stored: 


Typically system level settings are stored within the install directory in a Settings folder. Domain and user-specific configuration files and data are stored within the domain storage location you specified when you created the domain. This means you can back up the system data and domain data in one process per the document linked above.

Is this not the behavior you're seeing in your environment?
Kyle Kerst
Technical Support Specialist
SmarterTools Inc.
(877) 357-6278
www.smartertools.com

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