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Backup Exec Usability-Feature Spotlight: Create a New Backup Using the Settings from an Existing Backup

Created: 29 Jun 2012 • Updated: 28 May 2014
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Did you know- In BE 2012 you can back up a server by using existing settings from another backup?

When you configure a backup, you can use all the default settings in the backup definition and get up and running quickly.  However, some people spend a lot of time tweaking and refining the backup options to suit their particular needs. After your backup is set to your liking, you can save time with your other backups by using these settings again. When you reuse the backup settings, you can still edit the settings, such as when you want to select a different device, use a different schedule, etc. I’ll walk you through the steps on how to create a new backup by using the settings from an existing backup.

First, select a server that you want to back up. Then, click the Backup button. For the initial backup, select any of the backup strategies, such as backup to disk, tape, disk then tape, etc.

In this example, let’s create a backup strategy that has a full and incremental to disk and then duplicate the backup to tape.  To add a duplicate to your backup strategy, select the Add Stage menu for a list of options.   

Now that you have your backup strategy, you may want to edit some of the backup options.

You can tweak the schedule, storage, or any other backup option. Once you have made all of your edits, click OK. You have just configured your first backup.

After you have a backup configured, you can configure backups on one or more servers by using those settings. Here’s how you do it.

Select a server from the list that you want to back up by using the existing settings from another backup.

Then, click the Backup button.  Select the  last option in the menu, Create a New Backup Using the Settings from an Existing Backup.

A dialog called Backup Job Selection appears that displays a list of existing backups that you can choose from.  Select the existing backup that contains the settings that you want to apply to the new backup, and then click OK. All of the settings are applied to your new backup, except the backup selections.

If you want to tweak the settings, you can change any option. Backup Exec does not keep ties between the original backup and the new backup. In other words, you can make edits to one backup and not affect the other backups that you created using the same settings.

I hope that the information on create a new backup using the settings from an existing backup  was helpful to you and saves you time when setting up your environment.