In this post, we’ll examine another native option from Salesforce, the Weekly Export service, and weigh the pros and cons of backing up your data using this tool.
Salesforce’s Weekly Export Service is a native tool that allows you to export data from your Salesforce org for backup purposes. Depending on your Salesforce edition, you can backup your company’s data on a weekly or monthly basis. The output from Salesforce’s Weekly Export consists of a bundle of ZIP files containing a CSV file for each of your standard and custom objects, as advertised, on a weekly basis.
Since the Weekly Export service is available out of the box, comes free with all Salesforce editions, and is relatively quick and simple to use for small Salesforce environments, it’s a popular backup method for many companies using Salesforce.
Despite these advantages, the Weekly Export has several limitations which you should be aware of before adopting it as your sole backup and recovery tool for Salesforce.
While all of the limitations above are significant, the biggest challenge of using the Weekly Export is restoring data and relationships from your backup. There are over seven steps to recover lost data using the Weekly Export, which we outline in detail here.
With the Weekly Export, you can't easily compare what data has been lost or modified and what hasn’t. It’s also difficult to restore records and preserve master-detail or repair-lookup relationships, both of which require a lot of manual work.
As the #1 SaaS data protection platform for Salesforce, OwnBackup enables daily, automated backup and rapid recovery of Salesforce data and metadata with no storage limits. With tools to survey changes to an object, filter just unwanted data changes, and restore at the field level, we help customers quickly and easily restore accurate data.
For a side-by-side comparison of OwnBackup Recover and the Weekly Export, check out our infographic here.