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Dataset Archive and Restore Options

This article applies to Brainspace v6.1.x and older versions of Brainspace.

To archive and import individual datasets, you must upgrade to Brainspace v6.2. For more information, see Archive and Import a Dataset.

Active and Inactive Datasets

Brainspace provides several options for managing your data and storage. Datasets can either be set to Active or Inactive status in the Administration screen in Brainspace. Active dataset documents only count against your active documents license allocation; likewise, inactive datasets do not count against your active license allocation and do not consume system memory.

Backup vs. Archive

The purpose for having a backup process in place is for disaster recovery, such as to restore a dataset that was deleted by accident or to roll back to a desired restore point. Back up your Brainspace environment using your preferred enterprise backup solution (e.g., VMware snapshots or backup software from Veritas or CommVault), making sure to include system, data, and database volumes.

Archiving your Brainspace data involves removing data from your live Brainspace instance so it no longer consumes memory or disk resources and, in some scenarios, license capacity. The primary reason for archiving is to reduce production disk storage usage.

System Backup Recommendations

Take full system snapshots/backups using your enterprise backup solution for disaster recovery and business continuity purposes. This will allow you to recover from infrastructure outage or data corruption to the last good restore point.

Brainspace recommends that full system backups (including database) or VM snapshots be made of the full Brainspace environment. In addition to the operating system partitions, backup the Builds (/data) and Datasets (/localdata) directories from each server and the PostgreSQL database.

Brainspace does not support backing up and restoring individual datasets prior to Brainspace v6.2. If you need to restore an individual dataset on Brainspace v6.0 or v6.1, you will need to perform a full system restore on similar infrastructure and then remove any unneeded datasets. This method will require separate Brainspace instance licensing for the recovery infrastructure.

To perform a full system recovery, restore each server in your Brainspace instance to the same restore point to match the database and each server's data volumes. Please contact Brainspace Support if you need assistance in setting up a disaster recovery/business continuity solution.

Archive Options Summary

Dataset State

Consumes License?

Consumes System Memory?

Consumes Disk Resources?

Work Product Retained?

Applicable Per Dataset?

Active (Enabled)

Yes (Active)





Inactive (Disabled)

Yes (Inactive)





*System Archive option is for business continuity or disaster recovery purposes only. If restoring to duplicate infrastructure, separate Brainspace instance licensing is required.