Restoring a deleted a project in Silk Central Test Manager
To restore a deleted a project from Silk Central you will need a previous backup of the database which contains the specified project.
Silk Central 13.0 or higher
You will be able to export the specified project from the restored database and restore it to your up-to-date database by following these steps:
Exporting a Project:
1) In the menu, click Projects > Project List. The Projects page displays, listing all existing projects and project baselines.
2) Click (Export project) in the Actions column.
3) Click OK on the confirmation dialog box.
4) Specify a location on your computer to save the project data there. Silk Central saves the project data in a .zip file.
Importing a project:
- In the menu, click Projects > Project List. The Projects page displays, listing all existing projects and project baselines.
- Click Import Project on the top. The import Project dialog box appears.
- Browse for an appropriate .zip file on your computer and click OK. Silk Central uploads the data.
Note: The .zip file has to be a file that was exported from Silk Central beforehand.
Note: The .zip file is uploaded to the front-end server before it is imported into the database. Therefore, the front-end server needs to provide appropriate free disk space to store the .zip file.
Note: Must import into the same version of Silk Central the export came from
- Click Yes to start the import. Note the following:
- Silk Central processes only one import at a time.
- Silk Central writes audit logs when an import starts, finishes or fails.
- You will lose any project information added since the time of the backup
- The import is processed in the background. You are notified by email when the import is complete. Make sure that you have an email address and an email server configured before you start the import. Otherwise you will not be notified. For more information, see Configuring Email Servers and User Settings Page in the Help
- The project appears in the project list when the import is complete.
Silk Central 12.1 or lower
If you are on a version older than silk central 13.0, you have two options:
1) On a separate install import and upgrade your back up to 13.0 or higher and follow the steps above
2) Restored the entire backed-up database (you will lose all information added to the database since the last backup)
Before you start to export or import projects, carefully read the recommendations below.
- When you export/import large projects with a huge amount of project data, the export/import process can take a long time (up to some hours).
- The file size can vary tremendously from project to project and depends on many factors, for example: On the amount of assets, the run count, the attachments, the code coverage statistics, and most importantly on the result files.
- We recommend minimizing the size of a project before you export it. Therefore, you should remove unneeded data and especially unused result files.
- Some browsers have file upload limitations, like for example Internet Explorer. If the project that you want to import exceeds that size, the import will fail. Use another browser to avoid this issue.
- Be aware that the export/import process puts considerable load on Silk Central and on the database server. Export/import actions should be done during off-hours (for example over night or on the weekend) or at least when the Silk Central usage is low and no users are logged in.
- Exporting and importing data is tightly bound to and relying on the database and its content. If the database already contains any inconsistency in data, importing a project might fail. Hence, we strongly recommend - as good practice for every backup process - to try a reimport immediately after an export to ensure validity, data consistence and recoverability.
- If you want to reimport project data, use the exact same .zip file that you have exported. Other file formats will not be accepted. You can import the data only into the same Silk Central and database version that you have used to export the data.