Restoring Course Data From Moodle ISU

Moodle ISU


The Moodle ISU restore utility allows you to import content into a course using the compressed backup file (.mbz or .zip) you previously created. If you receive an error notification during this process, contact ITRC.
For information on backing up course data, refer see
 Backing up Course Data.

This guide will help you to:

Select Backup File to be Restored

  1. In the My Courses area, Select the course title of the course to which you want to restore content.
  2. In the Administration block, under the Course Administration option, Select Restore.

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  1. Click Choose a file. This will open the file picker window which you can use to upload your file.

Hot Tip: Instead of clicking Choose a file, you can now drag and drop the file into the drag and drop box.

Note: Some Moodle backup files are stored online, if you see the file you wish to restore you can simply click the Restore option to start the process. To find out when the backup was created check the timestamp.  If you do not see the desired file you can upload it from your computer.

Important Note: It is highly recommended that you store a copy of your course backup files either on your computer or on an external storage device.  In accordance with the ITRC archive policy courses and files are occasionally removed from the Moodle server in order to add new courses and maintain efficiency.  Storing your files locally will ensure that you will have the backup files when you need them.

  1. Click Browse. This will open up a window for you to find the file on your computer.

  1. Locate the file on your computer, Select the backup file and then Click Open.

  1. Click Upload this file.
  2. Once you have selected the appropriate file, Click Restore below your file name.

Note: If you get the error message, “This file is bigger than the maximum size”, or experience other problems while restoring, contact ITRC for assistance.

Preform Restore

There are seven steps that occur in the process of restoring course content. Moodle ISU will track and display which step you are on at the top of the screen.

Step 1: Confirm File To Be Restored

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and Click Continue in the bottom right of the screen.

Step 2: Destination

There are two options available in the Destination step. These allow you to restore your backup file in the course you are currently in, or if you are restoring from your My Files Repository, you can select any of your current courses.

Restore Into This Course

  1. Select Merge the backup course into this course: This option will add the content in the backup file to the current course without altering content already in the course.
  2. Click Continue.

Restore Into an Existing Course

  1. Select Merge the backup course into the existing course: This option will add the content in the backup file to an existing course without altering any current content already in that course in any way.
  2. Select the course you want to restore this backup into.

Note: If the course that you want is not in the list you can use the search function. If you can’t find the course please contact the ITRC.

  1. Click Continue.

Step 3: Settings

This step allows you to select the individual settings that you want to restore. By default the activities, blocks, and filters in the backup are selected. We recommend that you do not change these settings for a standard course restore. If you feel that you need to change these settings, please contact the ITRC for more information.

  1. To prevent an individual setting from restoring, Select the Checkbox next to the setting, removing the checkmark.

Hot Tip:Anything marked with a “X”  is not included in the backup file.

  1. Click Next in the lower right of the screen.

Note: Deselecting an individual setting will also remove every item included in that group. Any individual setting removed will appear with an  “X” next to them in the following steps, showing that those items will not be restored.

Step 4: Schema

Note: You may encounter problems if you change the course name, the course short name, or override course configuration. If you feel that you need to change them, contact ITRC.

This step, like the previous, allows you to select which items you want to be restored on an individual basis.

  1. If you do not want a topic/week (and all of the items within it) to restore, Select the Checkbox next to the topic/week. The checkmark will disappear.
  2. If you do not want  an individual item to restore, Select the Checkbox next to the item. The checkmark will disappear.

Note: In order to be able to select specific item(s) to be included in the restore process, the checkbox next to the topic/week heading must be selected.

  1. Click Next in the lower right of the screen.

Step 5: Review

This step will show all of the choices you have made in the previous two steps before performing the restore process.

  1. If everything is correct Scroll down and Click the Perform Restore button.

Note: If you wish to change any selections you can click the previous button to go back and make changes.

Step 6: Perform Restore

Wait for the progress bar to reach 100%.

Step 7: Complete

When the import has been “completed successfully,” Click Continue.

Note: The restored course content should now be visible on your course homepage.

For more information, see Course Restore.

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