Creating an On-Demand Backup Set for the Windows File System Agent

On-demand backups allow content to be specified as an external input when starting a backup. Traditional backups are performed by using subclients, which contain fixed content configured prior to performing the backup operation, whereas on-demand backups allow you to specify content each time you perform a backup.

Important: After you create an on-demand backup set, you cannot change it to a traditional backup set.

Before You Begin

You must create the following text files to specify where the content is located for on-demand backup sets:


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > File System.
  2. Right-click File System, point to All Tasks, and then click New On Demand Backup Set.
  3. In the New Backup Set Name box, type a name (up to 32 characters), and click OK.
  4. Create a directive file defining the locations of each content File.

What to Do Next

You must perform a backup of the on-demand backup set. For instructions, see Performing Backups for the Windows File System Subclients.