Synthetic Full Backups: Getting Started

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Run Synthetic Full Backups

Synthetic full backups can either be started manually or scheduled to occur at regular intervals.

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to client > File System > defaultBackupSet.
  2. Right click the subclient > Backup.
  3. From the Backup Options window, select Synthetic Full as the Backup Type.
  4. Select Immediate for Job Initiation.
  5. Click OK.

You can track the progress of the backup job from the Job Controller. When the backup has completed, the Job Controller displays Completed.

Run an Incremental Backup Before or After a Synthetic Full Backup

An incremental backup can be run either before or after a synthetic full backup.

  • Running an incremental backup before the synthetic full ensures that any new or recently changed data is included in the synthetic full.
  • Running an incremental backup after the synthetic full ensures that any new or recently changed data since the backup that occurred prior to the synthetic full, but was not included in the synthetic full, is backed up by the incremental.

    Synthetic Full backups enable you to create full backups from existing incremental and differential backups. Because the source data originates from existing backups, no new data is backed up unless the Run Incremental Backup option is selected. You should use synthetic full backups in addition to regularly scheduled incremental or differential backup jobs.

The sections below describe the steps to run an incremental backup before or after a synthetic full backup:

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to client > File System > defaultBackupSet.
  1. Right click the <Subclient> and click Backup.
  2. From the Backup Options window, select Synthetic Full for Backup Type.
  3. Select Run Incremental Backup and then select Before Synthetic Full or After Synthetic Full options.
  4. Select Immediate for Job Initiation.
  5. Click OK.

    You can track the progress of the backup job from the Job Controller. When the backup has completed, the Job Controller displays Completed.