About general options for creating recovery points

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About general options for creating recovery points

The following table describes the general options that are available for recovery points.

Table: General options




Type a new name in the text box for the backup job. Otherwise, you can use the default name that appears.


When you define a schedule for a backup job, you can choose the compression level for the recovery points.

When a recovery point of a drive is created, compression results may vary, depending on the types of files on the drive.

The following compression options are available:

  • None

    Best choice if storage space is not an issue. However, if the recovery point is saved to a busy network drive, the use of high compression may be faster than no compression. Less data needs to be written across the network.

  • Standard (recommended)

    (Default) Uses low compression for a 40% average data compression ratio on recovery points.

  • Medium

    Uses medium compression for a 45% average data compression ratio on recovery point files.

  • High

    Uses high compression for a 50% average data compression ratio on recovery point files. High compression is usually the slowest method.

    When a high compression recovery point is created, CPU usage may be higher than normal. Other processes on the computer may also be slower. To compensate, you can adjust the operation speed of the backup process. Speed adjustments may improve the performance of other resource-intensive applications that you are running at the same time.

    See Setting client options for computers.

Verify recovery point after creation

Select this option to determine whether a recovery point or recovery point set is valid or corrupt immediately following its creation.

You can verify the integrity of a recovery point long after it has been created. To do so, refer to the Backup Exec System Recovery product documentation for steps.

When you verify a recovery point, it can approximately double the time that is required to create the recovery point.

Limit the number of recovery point sets saved for this backup (Recovery point sets only)


Limit the number of recovery points saved for this backup (Independent recovery points only)

Select this option to specify the maximum number of recovery points or recovery point sets that are saved for each drive.

When this limit is reached, each successive recovery point or set is first created and stored. Then, the oldest, previously created recovery point or set is deleted (including all associated incrementals, if applicable) from the same storage location.

Be sure you have enough hard disk space. You want to be able to accommodate the number of recovery points or sets you specify, plus one additional recovery point or set.

If you run out of hard disk space before the number is reached, the recurring recovery point process cannot complete successfully. As a result, a current recovery point or set is not created.

Enable search engine support for Google Desktop and Backup Exec Retrieve

Check this option to let your search engine software index all of the file name that are contained in each recovery point.

By indexing file names, you can then use a search engine of choice to locate the files that you want to retrieve. Client computers can have a search engine already installed on their computer such as Google Desktop, to search their recovery points. Or as a System Admin, you must configure Backup Exec Retrieve in Backup Exec System Recovery Manager.

See About configuring Backup Exec Retrieve.

See Appendix A: Using a search engine to search recovery points in the Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery User's Guide for information about using Google Desktop to retrieve files.

Include system and temporary files

Check this option to include indexing support for the operating system and temporary files when a recovery point is created on the client computer.

Description (included in each recovery point)

Type a description of what is included in the backup to help you further identify the recovery point's contents.

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