Hello ProjectWise Community,
Can anyone recommend a workflow, or share best practices, with regards to File Backups for Bentley-Hosted ProjectWise Environments / Datasources? Our organization's Data Retention Policy mandates that we are to restore Files from within a "365 days prior" window (from the date requested). Bentley's ProjectWise Hosted Model will only provide Files within a "30 days prior" window (from the date requested). How are YOU handling / meeting your Data Retention Policy needs?
I should mention that we are currently attempting to utilize PowerShell Scripts with Windows Scheduled Tasks to automate the "Exporting of Files" from our Bentley-Hosted ProjectWise Environments / Datasources. Unfortunately, we have encountered a few "snags" which we are trying to work through.
Many thanks in advance, for your insight.
There don't seem to be any good options for doing this. Exporting is probably the only realistic choice, though it is a quagmire as you discovered. Bentley really needs to step up and offer an enterprise-grade backup option, even if that comes with additional cost. The whole point of going to the cloud is total cost of ownership. Any savings that you might realize from the shift to a hosted environment quickly evaporate once you consider that you need to build and maintain the infrastructure necessary to "backup the cloud".
During discussions I have had with Bentley regarding moving to the hosted PW environment, an idea came about to set up a caching server at our HQ that would cache everything on the hosted environment. We would then backup this data on a daily basis so that we would have the restore points that we need. This is clunky and not the best solution, but it is what we will do if/when we move to the hosted solution. I would love to see Bentley provide some level of access to the data so that we could back it up locally or to another cloud backup service. We are in the same boat as others where often times our users request a version of a file from a certain time period outside of the 30 day window provided by Bentley.