Restore Individual Course from Nightly Backup - Appsembler

Restore Individual Course from Nightly Backup


Extracting a single course from a nightly backup is a bit of a pain. You need to physically download the mongo tarfile from S3 or GCloud Storage, load it into Mongo, navigate to the course in Studio, then export the course as a tarfile.

You can load the Mongo backup database into either Devstack, or you can spin up a generic Open edX server and use that. These directions will work for either

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1. Spin up your server (Devstack or any other deployment)

2. Download the tar.gz file to your server. Visit the GCloud console and click: Storage -> Cloud Storage -> Browser. From there, find the file you want to download and click the checkbox in the “Share publicly” column. After you check the box, a download link show appear. Coppy that link and from your server’s console, run:


3. Extract the tar.gz file

tar zxvf *.tar.gz

4. Recreate the Mongo db from this backup

mongorestore extractedDbName

5. After this operation has completed, visit Studio and navigate to the desired course. From the top menu, click Tools->Export, then click the blue “Export course content” button. 

6. Upload the extracted .tar.gz file to the production server.