About selecting data to back up

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About selecting data to back up

When you back up a server, Backup Exec includes all of the data on the server in the backup selections by default. If you want to modify the backup selections, you can do so from the Selections box on the Backup Job Properties dialog box.

See Backing up data.

Instead of backing up all of the data on a server, you can select drives, folders, files, System State, network shares, or databases on the Browse tab.

To expand or collapse the view for an item, click the arrow next to it or double-click the item's name. To view the contents of an item, double-click the item's icon. The item's contents appear in the right frame of the backup selections view. You can traverse file levels from either side of the window by clicking folders and subfolders as they appear.

When you browse remote selections, Backup Exec requires a valid logon account to expand the computer contents. If the default logon account does not enable access to a remote selection, Backup Exec prompts you to select another existing logon account. You can also create a new logon account that can access the selection.

To include data in the backup, select the check box next to the drive or directory that you want to back up.

Figure: Selecting data for a single server

Selecting data for a single server

You also can include or exclude specific files or specific types of files using the Selection Details tab.

See About including or excluding files for backup jobs.

If you select to back up data from more than one server, the selections are combined in one dialog box. Similar types of content are grouped together. You can edit the backup selections, but the backup selections apply to each server that you back up. For example, if you select to back up two servers, you can either select or deselect System State for both. But you cannot choose to back up System State for one server and not the other. You cannot select individual files and folders if you choose to back up multiple servers at once. Selecting multiple servers is a good way to back up servers in their entirety. If you want to back up more granular selections for each server, you should select them separately and create new backup jobs.

Figure: Selecting data for multiple servers

Selecting data for multiple servers

When all the critical system components are included in your backup job selections, the Simplified Disaster Recovery indicator on the selections pane reads ON. If you deselect one or more critical system component files, the indicator changes to OFF.

See About backing up critical system components .

If you deselect any critical system components, it can disqualify your backup data from being used in certain types of restore scenarios.

You must include all critical system components in your backup selections if you intend to use any of the following restore scenarios:

  • Simplified Disaster Recovery

  • Physical to virtual

  • Backup set to virtual

  • Online disaster recovery

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