The CitectSCADA Backup program archives
files using a standard compression routine, producing PKZip® v2.04g
compatible files. The default extension for CitectSCADA backup files is .CTZ,
though any extension (including .ZIP) can be used. This means you
can also use the PKZip utility to extract files from a compressed
Note: Files produced with this backup
program cannot be restored by product versions earlier than
To back up a project:
Open Citect Explorer.
Click the Backup button, or select Tools | Backup. The Backup Project
dialog box displays:
In the Name
field, select the name of the project to back up.
In the Backup
file field, enter the path to the backup file location,
including the file name. You can either type the path in directly
or use the Browse button.
The backup file name defaults to
<project>.CTZ. If the extension is omitted then .CTZ is
When you back up a project to a floppy
disk, the backup program will ask you if you wish to delete the
files on the floppy disk before starting the backup.
If the destination drive is configured as
A: or B: and is detected as removable, you will have the option to
delete any existing files on the disk.
Under Options, select the necessary options from the
compression: You can use data compression when you are backing
up a project to save space.
compiled: By default, CitectSCADA backs up the project in
uncompiled mode. If you select this option,
CitectSCADA backs up both
the compiled and uncompiled projects, resulting in a larger backup
sub-directories: If you select this option, CitectSCADA also backs up data in any
sub-directories within the project directory. The directory
structure is maintained in the backup, and you can choose to
restore the sub-directories when restoring the project. For
example, if you wish to back up your Process Analyst Views, save
them in a sub-directory of the project and select this option. When
you restore the project, you will have the option to also restore
the Process Analyst Views directory.
encryption: As an added security measure, you can back up your
project in an encrypted format. If you select this option,
CitectSCADA requests a
writes the project to disk in a format that encodes the password
along with the protected project. The project can only be restored
if the password is entered.
configuration files: Select this option to back up *.ini files
from the Config folder. This will also backup the
TimeSyncConfig.xml file used to store the time synchronization
settings configured in the Time Synchronization utility.