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Configuring custom folders for backup

Adding custom folders

If you want to backup folders from user laptops that are not present in the quick list, you must add them individually. As users belonging to a profile may use a Windows, Mac, or Linux laptop , you must add a custom folder for a specific OS under the tab specified for that OS.

Few things to consider before adding a custom folder are:

  • If users did not create the custom folder on their systems, administrators will receive a misconfigured backup folder alert. You must ensure that the users create the folder on their laptops and start backing up data on them.
  • Absolute paths to a folder are operating system specific. For example, for Windows OS use <drive>:\customfolder for backup, whereas for Linux OS use /home/customfolder.
  • You can set relative paths that include global variables such as %appdata%, %username%, %homedir%, and %userprofile%.
  • The folder path can contain maximum 255 characters.
Note: The procedure describes adding a quick list folder for Windows OS. The steps are also applicable for Mac and Linux OS.


To add a custom folder for Windows OS

  1. On the menu bar, click Manage > Profiles.
  2. Click the profile that you want to modify.
  3. Under the Laptop Backup Content tab, click Edit. The Edit Profile window appears.
  4. Click the tab corresponding to the operating system of the user laptops. For example, if you want to configure backup folders for the Windows laptops of users, click the Windows tab.
  5. Click +Add Folder. Additional fields appear.


  6. Enter the following details:
    • In the Folder to be backed up box, type the path to the custom folder.
    • In the Backup folder name, the name of the folder is automatically created as you specify the path of the folder that you want to backup. You can rename this folder.
  7. If you expect the folder to contain more than 10,000 file, select Optimize data scans for large folders.
  8. Select the files within this folder that you want to back up:
    • In the Include Files box, select the files types that you want to back up. Common file extensions for the selected file types are automatically added in the adjacent text box. You can manually include more file types or delete the predefined file types.
    • In the Exclude Files field, select the file types that you DO NOT want to back up.
    • In the Exclude Path field, type the path to the subfolder, within the selected folder, that you do not want to backup. All contents from the subfolder will be excluded from backup.
  1. Click Save.

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