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Configuring backup schedules

Overview

This topic explains how to define the frequency of scheduled backups and time period between when the scheduled backups will be triggered from the user devices. 

Configuring backup schedules for computers

Defining the backup interval

Note: This feature can only be controlled through profiles. Any change to an existing profile is applicable for all users of that profile.

You can define the time interval between two consecutive backups triggered automatically from user devices. For example, if you define backup interval to be 4 hours, backup will be triggered from a user device 4 hours after the completion of the previous backup. The device must be switched on and connected to inSync server (through LAN or WAN) for the backup to happen. In case the device is not connected to inSync server, backups will be triggered at the first possible opportunity after the interval is over.  

To define the backup interval

  1. On the menu bar, click Manage > Profiles.
  2. Click the profile that you want to modify.
  3. Click the Laptop Backup Schedule tab.
  4. Under Laptop Backup Schedule, click Edit. The edit window appears.
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  5. From the Backup every list, select the backup frequency. 
  6. Click Save.
Note: You can configure backups to be as frequent as 5 minutes. However, files greater than 128 MB will be backed up minimum 20 minutes apart.

Defining the backup schedule

Note: This feature can only be controlled through profiles. Any change to an existing profile is applicable for all users of that profile.

About backup schedule

Backup schedule defines the time period between which backups can happen, or not happen, from user devices. There are two types of backup schedule:

  • Trigger backup schedule - The trigger backup schedule defines the time period between which backups can be automatically triggered from user devices. For example, if the trigger backup schedule is between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM, backups from user devices will be triggered only during this period. If backup from a device is scheduled to be triggered after 6:00 PM, it will wait till 8:00 AM next day. Any backup triggered during the trigger backup schedule period will be completed even if it means continuing past the end time. For example, any backup triggered before 6:00 PM do not stop just because 6:00 PM is the end time for trigger backup schedule.   
  • Never backup schedule - The never backup schedule defines the time period between which backups can never happen from user devices. For example, if the never backup schedule is between 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, no backup will be automatically triggered during this period. Even the ongoing backups that were triggered automatically will be stopped. However, backups triggered manually by users will not be affected by the never backup schedule.

The trigger backup schedule and the never backup schedule follow the time zone of the inSync master server. Say you have offices in Los Angeles and New York. The inSync master server is in Los Angeles and is set according to the time zone there (Pacific Time). You configure inSync server so that no backups happen between 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM. For the inSync users in New York (Eastern Time) backups will not happen between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM. If you want no backups to happen between 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM (local time) at both offices, you must create two profiles - one for your Los Angeles office employees and another for your New York office employees. For the Los Angeles profile, the never backup schedule will be 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. For the New York profile you must set the never backup schedule to be from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM to account for the time zone difference.

Procedure

To define the backup schedule

  1. On the menu bar, click Manage Profiles.
  2. Click the profile that you want to modify.
  3. Click the Laptop Backup Schedule tab.
  4. Under Laptop Backup Schedule, click Edit. The edit window appears.
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  5. Enter the following details:
    • In the Backup between list, select the start time and end time of the trigger backup schedule. If you do not want to set up a trigger backup schedule, make sure that the start time and end time is same.
    • In the Never backup between list, select the start time and end time of the never backup schedule. If you do not want to set up a never backup schedule, make sure that the start time and end time is same.
  6. Click Save

Forcing backups before log off or shutdown

Note: This feature can only be controlled through profiles. Any change to an existing profile is applicable for all users of that profile.

To trigger a backup from user devices before log off or shutdown

  1. On the menu bar, click Manage Profiles.
  2. Click the profile that you want to modify.
  3. Click the Laptop Backup Schedule tab.
  4. Under Laptop Backup Schedule, click Edit. The edit window appears.
  5. Select Backup at logoff / shutdown.
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  6. Click Save.

Allowing users to modify backup interval

Note: This feature can only be controlled through profiles. Any change to an existing profile is applicable for all users for that profile.

To allow users to modify backup interval

  1. On the menu bar, click Manage Profiles.
  2. Click the profile that you want to modify.
  3. Click Laptop Backup Schedule tab.
  4. Under Laptop Backup Schedule, click Edit. The edit window appears.
  5. Select Allow users to change schedule.
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  6. Click Save.
Note: Once a user has set his own backup interval, you will not be able to force a backup interval on him by changing his profile settings. Even if you move the user to a different profile, backups will continue to be triggered based on the interval set by the user. 

Allowing users to pause scheduled backups

Note: This feature can only be controlled through profiles. Any change to an existing profile is applicable for all users for that profile.

You can allow users to pause a backup that has been triggered automatically by inSync. A user may decide to put a backup on hold to conserve network bandwidth or CPU usage.

When allowing user the ability to pause scheduled backups you can choose to either resume the backup after the end of the interval period or let the user decide when to resume the backup. For example, if the backup interval is 4 hours and the user paused the backup at 1:00 PM, the next backup is scheduled at 5:00 PM. You can configure inSync such that backup is resumed from the user device at 5:00 PM, or the backup is resumed only when the user chooses to.

 

To allow users to pause backups:

  1. On the menu bar, click Manage Profiles.
  2. Click the profile that you want to modify.
  3. Click the Laptop Backup Schedule tab.
  4. Under Laptop Backup Schedule, click Edit. The edit window appears.
  5. Select Allow users to pause backup
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  6. If you want backup to be automatically resumed at the end of the interval period, select Auto resume paused devices at next backup schedule.
  7. Click Save.

Defining the backup interval for mobile devices

Note: This feature can only be controlled through profiles. Any change to an existing profile is applicable for all users of that profile.

To define the backup interval for mobile devices

  1. On the menu bar, click Manage > Profiles.
  2. Click the profile that you want to modify.
  3. Click the Mobile Policies tab.
  4. Under Mobile Backup Schedule and Resources, click Edit. The edit window appears.
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  5. In the Backup every list, select the backup interval for mobile devices.
  6. Click Save.
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