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Exclude files from a Simplified Disaster Recovery (SDR) backup in Backup Exec 2012

Created: 18 Apr 2013 • Updated: 24 Apr 2013 • 8 comments
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Simplified Disaster Recovery (SDR) works with Backup Exec when you run backup jobs that include all critical system component selections. For each computer that you protect with this type of backup job, Backup Exec creates a disaster recovery information file for that computer. A disaster recovery information file contains computer-specific information for the computer being backed up. Computer-specific information includes details such as hard disk layout, storage drivers, network drivers, and system version details. It also includes Backup Exec catalog details such as backup set information and recovery point details. Each disaster information recovery file uses the file name <computer_name>.DR.
 
If you uncheck files/folders from a critical resource, the green light for SDR goes off and no .DR file is create for the backup. Sometimes you might want to exclude files/folders which are temporary for example. Following registry change will allow excluding files from a SDR backup. 
 
Here is an example of the registry key. If files from E: were to be excluded, create a new key called "User-Defined Exclusion Resources". Under this key create another empty key called "E:". 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec For Windows\Backup Exec\Engine\Simplified System Protection\User-Defined Exclusion Resources\E:]
 

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Ziv's picture

Where is this registery? On the media server or the server that we backup?

 

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Jaydeep S's picture

It needs to be done on the computer being backed up

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Ziv's picture

Thanks Jaydeep, I think that this should be done through the GUI, as most people have some folder that could be excluded from the local drives. So far in order to have the green light next to SDR, you must select all content of local drives. It's useful to have this option but a bit complicated way to do it.

Thanks

Ziv Shadar

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Eric of EverNet's picture

Thank you for the post but would you mind expanding on it?

I have two folders I would like to exclude from the SDR:

C:\RecoveryBin

C:\Recycler

Can you give me a detailed view of what the registry of the server would look like? Once the registry is configured, am I then able to exclude them from the job and retain the green dot  or do I have the job configured to select all and then expect the registry entry to handle the exclusion?

It is unclear to me if the exclusion themselves are put in the registry.

Thanks so much.

Eric

 

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Eric of EverNet's picture

I also agree that this really should be in the GUI.

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Jaydeep S's picture

Unfortunately, it does not work from the GUI at the moment but it would be nice if you could submitt in the ideas section of the forum.

It would certainly be considered if feasible or expained if cant be done.

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Eric of EverNet's picture

Would you mind clarifying the registry entries?

Again, I need to exclude C:\RecoveryBin

What would this look like in the registry?

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Colin Weaver's picture

Not sure what Recoverybin is - but a lot of things that don't need to be backed up (such as Recycle Bin, Windows Swap files etc) are automatically excluded by Backup Exec as part of Active File Exclusion meaning you don't have to create exclusions for them.

Other than that however You MUST backup all of C: as that is a critical volume in loads of ways, the exclusion key discussed above is really for anything but the C: drive

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