Excluding Database Application Files from Windows File System Backups

Add the FilterWriterFilesForIDA  additional setting to exclude the following from your backup job:
  • Exchange Database files
  • SQL Server files
  • Oracle Database files

    Note: You can filter Oracle database files only if your version of Oracle supports VSS.

  • Virtual Server data

Important: The appropriate agent must be installed on the client computer. For example, to exclude Oracle database files from your backup, you must have Oracle Agent installed on your client computer.


  1. On the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client.
  2. Right-click the client and click Properties.
  3. In the Client Computer Properties dialog box, click Advanced.
  4. In the Advanced Client Properties dialog box, click the Additional Settings tab, and click Add.
  5. In the Name box, type FilterWriterFilesForIDA.
  6. In the Category box, type or select FileSystemAgent.
  7. In the Type box, type or select Multi-String.
  8. In the Value box, type any one or all of the following values depending on the Agent installed on your client computer.
    • To filter Exchange Database files, type MSExchangeDBAgent.
    • To filter SQL Database files, type MSSQLAgent.
    • To filter Oracle Database files, type OracleAgent.
    • To filter virtual server data, type VirtualServer.

      Remember: If you specify multiple values, make sure that you type the values in a new line. Do not use a comma to separate the values.

  9. Click OK and the additional setting appears in the list on Additional Settings tab.
  10. Click OK.