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Backups using Policies?

Created: 22 Feb 2013 • Updated: 25 Feb 2013 | 2 comments
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A short while ago I was having issues trying to restore a public exchange folder. I was able to restore from our full backup but was receiving errors/failed jobs when trying to restore additional data from incrementals.

After some troubleshooting with Symantec support it was determined they were failing because they weren't in a policy together, and hence not actually linked (the incremental had no where to point to) This basically means that all the incrementals my company has been running were useless.

My question is, how do I go about setting these two jobs (full and incremental) up in a policy, I'm not fully sure how a policy based backup works.

Thanks in advance.

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CraigV's picture


Very simple...under the Job Setup tab, you can run a policy creation wizard which prompts you through things like job name, start time and day to run on, selection list to use etc. Run this wizard and follow the prompts.

Depending on what you want to do, you can setup a GFS policy (Daily, Weekly, Monthly) or a manual policy and only include a Full and Incremental backup. Either way you are able to select INCR as an option.

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pkh's picture

For simplicity, you can think of a policy as a series of jobs minus the selection list.

1) Go to the Job Setup tab and create a new policy

2) Add a backup template and configure it as you would for your Exchange full backup

3) Add another backup template and configure it as you would for your Exchange incremental backup

4) Create a selection list which reflects your Exchange backup

5) Right-click on your template and generate your jobs using this selection list.