Subject: Vector Plus CNS Operation TipsDate: 4/1/10Bulletin No. SB10-3The following information is presented to our customers with the purpose of assisting them maintainthe data integrity and performance of the Vector Plus Center Network System (CNS). Please review theinformation contained in this bulletin and if further clarification is required, contact Brunswick TechnicalSupport (BTS) at 1-800-YES-BOWL.Vector Plus Data BackupsThe Vector Plus CNS backs up data each day to a predetermined location on the server computer. Thislocation is enabled in the Vector Plus Mechanic application. Typically the backup will be sent to the CD-RWdrive on the Server computer. Centers may also purchase portable USB flash drives for backup purposesif desired. In addition to rotating the backup media on a regular (daily) basis, customers should replace thebackup media on at least a yearly basis.The newly purchased media will help to ensure that the center has a reliable backup of all Vector Plus data.Checking the Backup Files LocationThe Vector Plus Server backs up data automatically using the settings configured in the VP Mechanicapplication. The location of the backup files can be determined by checking the settings in the VP Mechanicapplication on the “Backup” page.NOTE: The user must be logged into Windows as an Administrator (owner for example) in order toaccess this page in the application. 2010 Brunswick Bowling & Billiards Corporation, 525 West Laketon Avenue, P.O. Box 329, Muskegon, Michigan 49443-0329Page 1 of 5
Checking the Backup TimeThe Vector Plus server backs up the data at the time specified in the “Scheduler” page of the VP Mechanicapplication. These settings can be reviewed or changed by accessing the “Scheduler” page of the applicationon the Vector Plus server.NOTE: The user must be logged into Windows as an Administrator (owner for example) in order toaccess this page in the application.Verifying the Files Backed UpLog files are created automatically when the Vector Plus Backup occurs. These log files are locatedin the C:\CM2\LogFiles directory on the Vector Plus Server computer. The backup log file is named‘XXXXXXXXVPBackup.log’ where XXXXXXXX YYYYMMDD. The log file for the current day’sbackup can be viewed for information about that day’s backup file.The illustration above displays information about a backup failure that occurred on March 23, 2010. Theproblem should be corrected before the next day’s backup if possible.Page 2 of 5
How Does Vector Plus Do Backups of Data?The Vector Plus CNS performs a number of processes during the automatic backup. The files are firstcopied to a directory on the server computer and are then copied to the removable media specified in theVP Mechanic application. There will always be the working directory of the files, a copy of the files on theserver, and a copy of the files on the removable storage media (if setup correctly.)The copied files are located on the server computer in folders that are labeled by the day of the week. Thefolders are located at C:\VPBackup\. Each day the CNS backup occurs the information is first copied to theappropriate day of the week folder. These folders contain all the backup information for the Vector Plussystem for the specified day. The information is then copied (not removed) to the removable media that hasbeen indicated in the VP Mechanic application.These folders are overwritten once per week with the new information. The last seven days of backupinformation will always be located in the C:\VPBackup folder. If it is necessary to recopy the files, standardWindows copy and paste functions may be used to copy the information to an alternate location, such as aremovable drive.Page 3 of 5
What If the CD-RW on the Server Fails?If the CD-RW drive on the server will no longer copy the files to a CD-RW, Brunswick Technical Supportshould be contacted as soon as possible to assist with troubleshooting the drive. If the server computer isstill within the warranty period, Dell may be enlisted to supply a replacement drive.If the issue with the drive is unable to be resolved in a quick manner, the center should purchase a jumpdrive to be used for backups until the CD-RW drive is repaired. The jump drive will be inserted into anavailable USB port on the server. Windows will automatically recognize the drive and the user can thenenable “Removable drive on this computer” in the VP Mechanic application. Only one drive of this typeshould be inserted in the server at any one time for the backup purpose.An example is presented below:The Vector Plus CNS will now copy the backup files, at the time specified on the “Scheduler” page, to theremovable drive that has been inserted in the server computer’s USB port.Additional information is contained in the Vector Plus Management User’s Guide. Please refer to theAppendices Section of that manual for further information on Vector Plus Backups and Scheduling.If further information is required, please contact:Brunswick Technical Support at 1-800-YES-BOWL or email [email protected] 4 of 5
Did You Know?Brunswick trainers are currently conducting training sessions via the Internet. Our highly qualified andexperienced trainers can connect to the bowling center’s server computer and provide real-time training atyour location.*This type of training is ideal for staff replacement situations, or just getting “up to speed” on the manyproduct offerings that are available, such as: Training for upcoming tournaments or leagues.Digital Signage.Credit Card processing with Vector Plus.Event Host Manager.Game Card Interface.Mechanic’s System.Learn to use your software to the fullest potential.Educate your staff, and better serve your customers.Lower your support costs and potential downtime.* Please note that a Hi-Speed Internet connection to the Vector Plus server is required for this type of training.If you have questions regarding this or any other Service Bulletin, please contact Brunswick TechnicalSupport at 1-800-937-2695 or 231-725-4966, FAX 231-725-4667, or E-mail [email protected] www.brunswickbowling.com for electronic files of this and other Service Bulletins.Greg KochTraining SupervisorDavid E. RiceDirector of World Wide ServicePage 5 of 5
still within the warranty period, Dell may be enlisted to supply a replacement drive. If the issue with the drive is unable to be resolved in a quick manner, the center should purchase a jump drive to be used for backups until the CD-RW drive is repaired. The jump drive will be inserted into an available USB port on the server.