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GoldMine – Detach and Attach the GoldMine Database

As the GoldMine Administrator there may be times when you need to detach and/or attach the GoldMine database.  Some examples would be to move or copy the files, remove or add a restored database or when connecting other databased to the SQL Server.

To Detach a SQL Database:

  1. EVERYONE MUST BE LOGGED OUT OF GOLDMINE.
  2. Open SQL Server Management Studio.
  3. Connect to SQL Server.

The server name should be the LOCALMACHINENAME\INSTANCENAME

Authentication:  SQL Server Authentication

Login: sa username

Password: sa password

  1. Click the Connect
  2. Expand the Databases section in the Object Explorer on the left.
  3. Right-click on the database to detach and choose Tasks –> Detach. The Detach Database window opens.

  1. If there is a message that there are still active connections, check the box under Drop Connections.

  1. Click OK to detach the database.
  2. The database name (e.g, GoldMine) will be removed from the Databases list on the left. The data files are now disconnected from the SQL Server and can me moved, copied, etc.

To Attach a SQL Database:

  1. Open SQL Server Management Studio.
  2. Connect to SQL Server.

The server name should be the LOCALMACHINENAME\INSTANCENAME

Authentication:  SQL Server Authentication

Login: sa username

Password: sa password

  1. Click the Connect
  2. Right-click on the Databases section in the Object Explorer on the left and choose Attach. The Detach Database window will open.

  1. Click the Add The Locate Database Files window opens.
  2. Navigate to the folder the backup is in on the left and select the actual backup file on the right.

  1. The database will display under Databases to attach and the file details will display in the lower section. Click OK to attach the database.
  2. The database name (e.g, GoldMine) will be added to the Databases list on the left. The data files are now connected from the SQL Server and can used in applications and queries.
  3. If you don’t see the database name in the list and you did not receive an error, right-click on the Databases section and choose Refresh.
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GoldMine – Backing Up the GoldMine Database

Before you make changes to the GoldMine database such as importing records, doing multiple merge purge actions, or global replaces, a quick backup of the can be a life saver.  Backing up the database will also be needed if you are moving the server or saving archives.

To back up the GoldMine database:

  1. Open SQL Server Management Studio.
  2. Connect to SQL Server.

The server name should be the LOCALMACHINENAME\INSTANCENAME

Authentication:  SQL Server Authentication

Login: sa username

Password: sa password

  1. Click the Connect
  2. Expand Databases on the left and right click on GoldMine. Choose Tasks –> Back Up.  The Back Up Database – GoldMine window opens.

Database:  GoldMine

Recovery Model:  SIMPLE

Backup Type:  Full

Backup component:  Database

Back up to:  Disk

If a database location is displayed, select it and click the Remove button.

Click the Add Button and then click the Browse (…) button to navigate to the location you want to store the backup file. (e.g., C:\GoldMIne\Backup).

Enter a File name:  e.g., GoldMineBackup5-8-19.bak

  1. Click
  2. The location/file path will display in the list. Click on it to select.
  3. Click the OK button at the bottom of the window. The backup will begin.
  4. Progress will be displayed in the bottom left of the window under Progress.
  5. When the backup is done a message will display.

  1. Click OK and the windows will close.
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GoldMine: Creating a Group Based on a Filter

Groups are static and based on membership.  Filters and SQL queries, on the other hand, are dynamic and based on the field criteria by which they are built.  Creating a group based on a filter or query allows for a stable list of contacts (originally based on field criteria) that can be added to or removed from by manually adding or deleting a contact’s membership to that group. Read more

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GoldMine: Adding a Picture to the GM+View Tab

There may be times when you are in need of quickly viewing a picture.  Some examples would be a picture of a person to verify their identity or images of property you are insuring.

Linking the image on the Links tab is helpful as you can view it in the Preview Pane.  But if you have many linked documents and don’t want to search, you can display the image on the GM+View tab so it can be accessed with a click of the tab. Read more

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GoldMine: Power Searches

The Contact Search Center has more functionality than just finding the contact whose record you want pulled up.  It also allows for displaying the contacts of filters or groups and lets you print out the results or output them to another application for further manipulation.  When a report doesn’t pull the data you want, a Power Search just may be the answer! Read more

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GoldMine: Create GoldMine History Records in Mass

There are times when you send a mass mailing or other activity outside of GoldMine but would still like to have a history record attached to the records that participated.  Some examples are if you sent holiday card or gifts, presentations, or any action done in mass that needs a history record. Read more