Excluding Temporary Files from Windows File System Backups

The Temporary Files folder automatically excludes certain temporary internet files, backup files, and recycle bin files. You can choose to exclude these temporary files from your backup.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > File System > backup_set.
  2. Right-click the appropriate subclient and click Properties.
  3. In the Subclient Properties dialog box, specify the following selections:
    1. In the Subclient name box, type the name of the subclient.
    2. On the Content tab, add the content to be backed up.
    3. Click the Filters tab.
    4. On the Filters tab, click Browse.
    5. Go to Client > Temporary Files.
    6. In the File Extension list, click the file type that you want to exclude from your backup.

      For example, click ~$* to select all the temporary files stored on the client computer.


      • You can filter the following temporary files:
        • **\.DS_Store
        •  **\thumbs.db
        • <SF,RecycleBin *>
        • <WKF,LocalAppData>\Temp
        • <WKF,TemporaryInternetFiles>
        • ~$*
      • You can use regular expressions to exclude files or folders. For more information, see Content, Filters, and Regular Expressions.
    7. Click Add and then click OK.
    8. On the Storage Device tab, in the Storage Policy list, click a storage policy name to associate with the subclient.

      Tip: To create a new storage policy, click Create Storage Policy and follow the instructions in the storage policy creation wizard.

  4. Click OK.


When you run a backup, the temporary files are excluded from the backup.