Best Practices in Protection Center backup

Article:DOC5269  |  Created: 2012-02-03  |  Updated: 2012-02-13  |  Article URL
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This article provides the Best Practices information that helps you improve working with the backup files and ensure security when using the Protection Center backup feature.

About Protection Center backup

Protection Center leverages Symantec System Recovery Server Edition technology for data and system backup and recovery.  For more information about this technology, refer to the related documentation available at 

The Protection Center console lets you immediately run a backup or schedule this operation to start at a specific time in the future. Protection Center can automatically create both full backups and incremental backups of the Protection Center hard drive. A full backup is an image of the entire Protection Center appliance. The image includes the operating system and all of the data in the Protection Center database. An incremental backup contains only the data that has been changed since the last backup. An incremental backup takes up much less space than a full backup because it does not copy the entire hard drive each time.

Note:     The first backup that appears in the weekly schedule is the weekly full backup. The weekly schedule starts on Sunday. All other backups that are specified in the weekly schedule are incremental backups.

On the Backup Settings page of the Protection Center console, you can configure settings for backup file location, password-protected backups, backup schedules, and backup file purging. You can also override the backup schedule and run a backup of the Protection Center hard drive immediately.

Note:     For detailed instructions on how to configure the Protection Center backup settings, refer to Symantec Protection Center User Guide.

Choosing a backup schedule and purge settings

The following Best Practices help you specify optimum purge settings and backup schedule: 

  • Schedule the backup process to start outside normal working hours. This prevents excessive load on the Protection Center appliance and helps you improve performance of Protection Center.
  • Schedule a full system backup to start on Sunday when the data changes are minimal, and the network is underutilized. Note that Protection Center transfers the backup data across the network.
  • Run the backup process manually (by using the Run Backup Now button) prior to a major system change, such as hardware upgrades or network changes.

Working with the backup files

The following Best Practices help improve working with the backup files and ensure security when using the Backup feature:

  • Store backup files in a shared network folder accessible from your SPC appliance. Ensure that the connection to this share is reliable and that it has enough space to save all backup sets. A backup set includes one full backup and the number of incremental backups sets that you have specified in Backup Purge Settings.
  • To ensure security, protect access to the shared network folder with a securable password.
  • Protect backup files with a separate password that you can specify in Backup File Password Settings. Note that this password must be supplied to restore Protection Center from backup files.

Backing up the Protection Center security certificate

A full system backup includes the certificates for securing the Protection Center Web interface. However, we recommend backing up the self-signed certificate. This Best Practice helps you fix a corruption issue without performing a full system restore.

You can backup (export) and import security certificates on the Certificates Settings page of the Protection Center console. For more information, refer to the information on security certificates in Symantec Protection Center User Guide and Symantec Protection Center Security Guide.


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