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Backing Up the Windows File System Subclients

This procedure describes the general steps for creating a backup operation.

Before You Begin

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client.
  2. Choose the type of subclient to backup:
    • To back up all subclients, right-click backup_set, and then click All Tasks > Backup All Subclients.
    • To back up a specific subclient, right-click the appropriate subclient, and then click Backup.
    • To backup a subclient in the On-Demand backup set, right-click the subclient, and then click Backup.

      The Backup Options dialog box is displayed.

  3. In the Select Backup Type area, choose your backup type:
    • To perform a full backup, select Full.
    • To perform either an incremental or differential backup, select Incremental or Differential.
  4. In the Job initiation area, define whether the backup job runs immediately or if it will be scheduled.
  5. Optional: To set advanced backup options, click Advanced.
  6. Optional: To run your backup options from a command line interface, click Save As Script.
  7. Click OK.

Notes:

  • If you choose to run your backup job immediately, you can track the progress of the job from the Job Controller. When the backup has completed, the Job Controller displays Completed.
  • If you choose to run your backup job based on the defined schedule, the backup job does not start until the time indicated in the Schedule.

Backup Options

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Follow Mount Point

When you want to include the mount point and the data that resides in the mount point, make the following selections:

  • In the Backup Options dialog box:
    • In the Select Backup Type area, select Full.
    • In the Job initiation area, select Immediate.
  • In the Advanced Options dialog box:
    • Select the Follow Mount Points check box.

Note:

When backups are run from multiple nodes on clustered file systems, the same content is backed up multiple times. Backups must be run on only one node to avoid duplicate content backups. Although, the other nodes can also be configured to run backups, make sure that the clustered file system mount point is added to the file system exclusion list of the physical machine's subclients. For the VERITAS Cluster File System, the clustered file system mount point is added automatically to the file system exclusion list when backup is run for the first time on the virtual nodes.

Backing Up System-Protected Files

The system-protected files are critical files that are installed during the installation of the Windows operating system. For example, files with a .dll, .exe, .ocx, and .sys extension and some True Type fonts are system-protected files.

Note:

  • System-protected files are backed when the system state is backed up.
  • If you exclude the system-protected files from your backup, you cannot use the backed up data to perform a system state or full system restore.

Make the following selections to include the system-protected files:

  • In the Backup Options dialog box:
    • Under Select Backup Type, select Full.
    • Under Job initiation, select Immediate.
  • In the Advanced Options dialog box:
    • Select the Backup Files Protected by System File Protection check box.