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Filtering Backup Content with Web Console

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You can set filters to prevent specific type of files from being backed up. Filters can also be used to exclude certain system-related files and application files which consistently fail during the backup operation.

The following sections describe the steps to configure filters prior to a backup.

Configure Exclusions to Filter

By default, the existing filters (usually shown as grayed out) are defined by the administrator. You can set filters in addition to the ones defined by the administrator.

  1. Log on to Web Console.
  2. From the Web Console, click My Data.

  3. Click the Computers tab.
  4. Click Show Details in the Actions column for the computer_name that you require.

  5. In the Backup & Lock Content section, click Edit to open the Backup & Lock Content dialog box.
  6. In the Exclude These Files/Folders/Patterns from Backup section, click Edit.
  7. To exclude files or folders, perform either of the following and click Done:
    • Click theAdd Path icon located in the upper-right corner.

      To open the Add New Path dialog box, and enter the path of the file or folder and click Add Path.

    • Click theBrowse Paths icon located in the upper-right corner and browse for the content.
  8. Click Save.

    The file or folder is excluded from the next backup of the client computer.

Remove Predefined Filters

Your computer is configured with predefined filters defined by the administrator during the Web Console setup. The administrator defines these filters using a subclient policy associated with your client. If you want to include the files being excluded by the administrator, use the following steps to override the filters:

Note: By overriding the default filters, future content and filter selection changes made by the administrator will not apply to your client.

  1. Log on to Web Console.
  2. From the Web Console, click My Data.

  3. Click the Computers tab.
  4. Click Show Details in the Actions column for the computer_name that you require.

  5. In the Backup & Lock Content section, click Edit to open the Backup & Lock Content dialog box.
  6. In the Exclude These Files/Folders/Patterns from Backup section, click Edit.
  7. To remove folders, next to the folders to remove, and click the Delete Paths icon.
  8. To confirm the deletion, click Yes in the Confirmation dialog box.

    If you receive an error message concerning "Global Filters", the filter you are trying to remove is a global filter defined in the CommCell. You cannot remove a global filter using the Web Console. Contact your administrator for more information.

  9. Click Save.

Revert Back to Predefined Filters

If you have overridden the filters defined by the administrator but you would like to return to the administrator's filter selections, use the steps described below:

Note: The backup content and filters you defined for the client are deleted when you revert to the administrator's selections

  1. From the Web Console, click My Data.
  2. Click the Computers tab.
  3. Click Show Details in the Actions column for the computer_name that you require.

  4. In the Backup & Lock Content section, click Edit to open the Backup & Lock Content dialog box.
  5. Click Revert.
  6. To confirm, click Yes in the Confirmation dialog box.

Supported Wildcards in Regular Expressions

You can use wildcard characters to specify the pattern of filenames that you want to exclude. The following wildcard characters can be automatically detected in regular expressions when backing up or excluding the files or folders:

Wildcards Description Example
*

 

Any number of any characters. *.doc -  any file name with the extension ".doc" (e.g., status.doc, mission.doc)

a*.dll - any file name that begins with "a" and has the extension .dll (e.g., alsvc.dll, advdcc.dll)

? Any one character. access? - any file name that begins with- "access" followed by any one character (e.g., access1, access5).
** Any directory level. C:\**\move.cpp - the file named move.cpp located at any directory level under the c: drive. (e.g., c:\info\com\move.cpp)

C:\sys*\** - all directories starting with sys will be filtered.

[ ] Any range of characters. [ei]nsure.doc - any file name that ends with "nsure.doc" and begins either "e" or "i". (e.g., ensure.doc, insure.doc)

[a-m].doc - any file name that ends with ".doc" and begins with the letters "a" through "m" inclusive.

[! ] The negation of a range of characters. [!ei]nsure.doc - any file name that ends with "nsure.doc", but does not begin with "e" or "i". (e.g., unsure.doc)