New Feature for Spanning Backup for Salesforce: Metadata Comparison

We’ve heard from a number of Salesforce admins and developers that they spend too much time manually comparing metadata when preparing restores, or when getting ready to refresh or populate Sandboxes. Salesforce developers and admins also asked for a better way to identify what metadata may have changed since a specific point-in-time backup.

With Spanning Backup for Salesforce, now admins and developers have that better way, one that will likely save hours of manual effort. No longer will they need to do “blind restores,” attempting to restore object data without knowing if there are metadata differences between two orgs, or if the metadata has been changed since a particular point-in-time backup in same org.

Being able to compare Salesforce metadata (customizations) will be an easier, faster process.


Metadata Comparison Functionality

With this new feature, customers will be able to compare metadata between any point-in-time backup and:

  • Another point-in-time backup of same-org
  • Live data of same-org
  • Live data of cross-org (production/developer/sandbox)

Further, Spanning can do this if installed on the “source” org only – no need to install on the “target” org.

In the comparison results, Spanning will display the components for each version, including the number of files in each.

Spanning Backup for Salesforce Metadata Comparison

Customers can also see a side by side comparison of the metadata files between the two chosen versions, with highlighted lines of code where there are any changes. If needed, customers can either copy-paste the changes, or export the XML file and use it to restore data through their current processes.

With Spanning Backup for Salesforce’s new metadata comparison, managing and protecting the customizations that add value to your instance of Salesforce just got simpler.
For more details, please see our Knowledge Base article. And if you’re not yet a customer and would like to trial Spanning, you can do so free for 14 days here.