Groups (server groups) is a new feature in Backup Exec 2012.
The functionality of this feature is often misunderstood by many. Some people think this is a way to create 'One job for multiple servers' while some think this feature allows to perform a sector level image backup of server's in the group for DR purpose. None of these are true.
Groups does not allow creating one job containing multiple servers selections. Neither does it perform sector level image backups (like SSR)
Server groups are a way to organize and view server information in the list of servers. Server groups can be created based on any criteria, like:
- Server group with specific type of servers like File Servers / Mail Servers / Database Servers / etc.
- Server group with servers that reside in a specific department / location / domain / etc.
Backup Exec comes with one preconfigured server group that is called All Servers. The All Servers server group contains all of the servers in the list of servers for a Backup Exec server. You cannot delete or edit the All Servers server group.
Server groups can be used to:
- Create individual (separate) backup jobs with same settings for multiple servers in a group.
This can save a lot of time and effort required to create backup jobs as compared to creating jobs for each server one-by-one.
- View list of servers added to that group.
- Monitor status of all the servers in the group at a glance.
To create a new server group:
1. Enable Groups for Backup Exec 2012: Go to the Backup and Restore tab - select Groups - click on Enable (to enable the feature)
2. Create a New Group: Click on the Groups button - Select Add to open the New Server Group screen
Note: Group name indicates the name of the server group. (This will be displayed on the Groups pane)
3. Add server to the new group: Filter options can be used to select the servers required to be added in this group. Once the required servers are selected, click OK. A new group will be displayed in the Groups facet.
To create individual (separate) backup jobs for all the servers in the new group:
1. Right click on the Group name - Go to Backup - Select the desired backup option.
2. In the Name field type a unique name for the backup definition.
- Backup Exec will append the server name to the text entered in the Name field. Backup Exec uses the server name and the text entered in this field to create unique names for each backup job.
- For more information on how to edit the credentials / change the backup selections / add a stage to the backup definition / modify the job settings see Backing up server groups.
Note 2: The green symbol beside some server's means "All necessary components are selected for disaster recovery". 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.
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
3. After configuring the backup definition, click OK.
4. Click on "Group all Servers" on the top-right to see a list of individual jobs.
Notice the naming convention for the new backup jobs <Server Name - Group Name>
Note: All jobs will be created with the same settings. These can now be modified to change the target device, schedule, settings, etc as required by the backup administrator.