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How to prevent USB drive being added to backup?

Created: 28 Feb 2014 • Updated: 29 Jul 2014 | 7 comments
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Hi,

I am running BE 2012 to back up all my servers.

There has been a problem with backups taking a vast time to run over the last two days.

It appears that the backup job that was supposed to backup a single selected drive also added a large USB drive to its selection that I had temporarily connected to the machine.

How do I prevent BE2012 automatically adding USB drives to the backup selection in this manner?

Thanks,

Julian

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sidd3009's picture

You may try to add a global exclusion clicking on the Backup Exec icon(top left) and then click on Configuration and Settings > Job default > Exclude selections. There, you can exclude a drive. 

Regards,

Siddhant Saini
Advanced Technical Support Engineer, Symantec Corporation 
www.symantec.com

pkh's picture

The USB drive can be reconnected as another drive or another USB drive is connected to the server. These will not be excluded and get backed up which is what the user don't want

sidd3009's picture

How about assigning a permanent/static drive letter to the USB drive and then exclude it? Do we really want to miss on the SDR feature? 

Regards,

Siddhant Saini
Advanced Technical Support Engineer, Symantec Corporation 
www.symantec.com

pkh's picture

The user would still have the same problem if another USB drive gets connected to the server. He would have to choose whether he wants to exclude USB drives from his backups or SDR

pkh's picture

Deselect the entire server from your selection list and then select each of the drives that you want to backup. If you do this, note that in the future if you add another drive, you would have to manually add it to your selection list

sidd3009's picture

Deselecting the entire server and then selecting individual drives would disable the SDR(Simplified Disaster Recovery) feature. 

Regards,

Siddhant Saini
Advanced Technical Support Engineer, Symantec Corporation 
www.symantec.com

JulianF's picture

Interesting.

I obviously want to keep the SDR facility. Unfortunatly the drive I have plugged in at the time was 2TB! I was hoping that there was an option for excluding all USB drives somewhere as whenever I have these plugged in they are only for temporary use and never need to be part of a backup. My servers all have different quantities of HDD's so there isnt a global default drive letter (unless I force it) across the network for USB drives that happen to be plugged in whan a backup starts.

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