Creating a backup job

Article:HOWTO13640  |  Created: 2008-01-05  |  Updated: 2013-10-17  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO13640
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Creating a backup job

You can automate the creation of recovery points with a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule. If you create a recovery point set (instead of an independent recovery point), you can also associate it with certain events. For example, when a user logs on or off of a computer, you can have incremental recovery points created.

Ways to work with recovery points

By default, file names for scheduled independent recovery points or recovery point sets are appended with 001.v2i, 002.v2i, and so forth. File names for incremental recovery points within a set are appended with _i001.iv2i, _i002.iv2i, and so forth. For example, if your base recovery point were called C_Drive001.v2i, the first incremental recovery point would be called C_Drive001_i001.iv2i.

By default, the name of the client computer (where the backup occurs) is appended to the recovery point file name.

Each backup job that you create is added to the Backup Jobs tab on the Manage page.

See Viewing the properties of a backup job.

To create a backup job

  1. On the Manage page, do one of the following:

    • In the right pane, on the Computers tab, select one computer in the table.

    • In the right pane, on the Computers tab, select two or more computers in the table.

      The backup job that you create is automatically assigned to all of the computers that you selected.

    • In the right pane, on the Groups tab, select one or more group names in the table.

      The backup job that you create is automatically assigned to all of the computers in the groups that you selected.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If you selected one or more computers, on the Tasks menu, click Assign New Backup Job to Computers.

    • If you selected one or more groups, on the Tasks menu, click Assign New Backup Job to Groups.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • If you want to define a backup job for one computer, select one or more drives that you want to back up. If you want to select any hidden and unmounted drives, check Show Hidden Drives.

    • If you want to define a backup job for two or more computers, click All Mounted Drives on Selected Computers. The job protects all drives that exist on the client computers (does not include hidden and unmounted drives).

    • If you want to define a backup job that backs up certain drive letters on the selected client computers, click By Drive Letter. Select the drive letters that you want.

      To view which client computers have the selected drive letters, click Show Details.

    Sometimes a selected drive letter is not available for backing up on a particular client computer. The drive has been deleted or the entire hard disk has been removed from the client computer since Backup Exec System Recovery was installed. In such cases, when the recovery point is created, it does not include the drive.

  4. On the Recovery Point Type panel, click the recovery point type that you want to create, and then click Next.

  5. Select the destination where you want to store the recovery points by doing one of the following:

    • From the list, select a local target folder relative to the managed computers. If a local target folder is not available from the list, click Create new destination to specify a local path to the folder.

    • From the list, select a network share. If a network share is not available from the list, click Create new destination to specify the UNC path to the folder. You need to specify the user name and password to access the location with create, read, and write privileges.

      You cannot use an FTP path.

    Note:
    If there is not be enough space at the destination where the recovery point is stored, the backup fails. Also, an error is reported in the Home Page view.

    You should avoid storing recovery points on the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager server. As the number or size of recovery points grows, you have less disk space available for regular server use. When you save recovery points to a separate drive or a network location, it eliminates this problem.

    About destination options for recovery points

  6. Optionally, check Create subfolder for each computer if you want to create new subfolders on the network share that serves as the backup destination.

    The new subfolders are given the same names as each client computer that is backed up. For example, if you have two client computers, one named "RicksLaptop" and the other named "MyLaptop, the new subfolders are named \RicksLaptop and \MyLaptop.

  7. Click Next.

  8. You can optionally make copies of recovery points to store at a remote location for added backup protection. Do one of the following in the Offsite Copy pane:

    • Select up to two offsite copy destinations from the lists.

    • Click Create new destination.

      Specify a local folder relative to the managed client computers. Or, specify a network path, or an FTP address to the offsite copy destination that you want to use.

      Note:
      External drives relative to the managed client computer, such as USB or FireWire locations, are supported offsite copy destinations. Be sure that the external drives are attached before the backup begins.

  9. Click Next.

  10. On the Options panel, specify the recovery point options that you want.

    See About general options for creating recovery points.

  11. Click Advanced, specify the advanced options and security options that you want, and then click OK.

    See About advanced options for creating recovery points.

  12. Click Next.

  13. If appropriate, specify a command file (.exe, .bat) from each list to run during a particular stage in the recovery point creation process.

    Specify the amount of time (in seconds) that you want the command to run before it is stopped.

    See About running command files during a backup .

    Creating a cold recovery point automatically of a non-VSS-aware database

    To add command files to the lists, click Add or Remove Command Files. Command files are copied and stored on the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager server.

  14. Click Next.

  15. Check the scheduling options for how you want the backup job to run when it is assigned to computers. The available scheduling options depend on the backup type you selected at the start of the wizard.

    See About schedule options for creating recovery points .

    If the backup type is recovery point sets

    Specify the frequency and time for creating a new recovery point set, and then continue with next step. The default is a Monthly schedule.

    You can also click Advanced if you want to apply progressive scheduling options to the backup job.

    For example, you can do the following:

    • Use event triggers to automate the creation of incremental recovery points.

    • Specify the amount of time to distribute the creation of recovery points from all the computers where the backup job is deployed.

    • Specify options to have the job run more than once per day.

    When you are finished selecting Advanced scheduling options, click OK, and then continue to the next step.

    If the backup type is independent recovery points

    Select No schedule if you intend to run the backup job on assigned computers any time you want using the Run Backups feature.

    Running an existing backup job immediately

    Otherwise, select the backup frequency and time for creating new independent recovery points, and then continue to the next step. The default is a Weekly schedule.


  16. Click Next.

  17. In the Completing the Define Backup Wizard dialog box, review the options that you have selected.

  18. To add the backup job to the Backup Jobs tab on the Manage page, click Finish.

    The backup appears in the Backup Jobs tab of the Manage page. If you defined the backup without selecting any computers or groups first, you can now assign the backup.

    See Assigning a backup job to computers or groups.


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