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Add Backup Policy page

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Overview

This topic provides instructions for configuring the content and schedule for your backup policy using the Create Backup Policy option page. 

Access Path

  1. On the menu bar, click All Organizations, and then select the required organization from the drop-down list.
  2. On the menu bar, click Protect Windows/Linux Servers.  In the navigation pane on the left, click Backup Policies.
  3. Click Create Backup Policy. The New Backup Policy page is displayed.

The New Backup Policy page consists of the following tabs:

General

On the General tab, you can configure the general information, such as the name and description for your backup policy.

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Field Description

The following table lists the fields on the General tab.

Field Description
Name The name of the backup policy.
Description A short description of the backup policy.

Actions

The following table lists the actions on the General tab.

Action Description
Next Navigates to the next Backup Schedule tab.

Backup Schedule

On the Backup Schedule tab, you can configure the schedules for your backup policy. 

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Field Description

The following table lists the fields on the Backup Schedule tab.

Field Description
 Backup frequency The days on which you want backups to occur.

Start At
(Server Timezone)

 

The time when you want backups to start.

In the adjacent box, select the AM or PM option depending on when you want backups to occur. 

Backup Window (Hrs)

 

The duration after which you want backup operations to stop.

For example, if you set Start at to 9 AM and you set the backup window to 2 hours, backups from your server start at 9 AM and stop at 11 AM, even if they do not complete.

Max Bandwidth (Mbps)

 

The maximum bandwidth that each server can consume while backing up data to Phoenix. 

For a scheduled backup, the job will consume the assigned bandwidth. However, for manually triggered backup, the job will consume the available bandwidth on your network.

Ignore backup window for first backup

 

Ignores the specified backup duration for the first backup job.

You can disable this option to enforce backup duration for the first backup job.

 

Advanced Settings for Linux Servers

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Field Description
Enable Smart Scan

For Linux server backup sets, you can enable Smart Scan if you have a lot of files that haven’t changed recently. Skipping these files makes incremental backups faster.

Note: This option does not apply to Windows servers since Windows servers use the USN journal to detect changed data.

Smart Scan Settings

You can select the following settings if Smart Scan is enabled. Smart scans follow the backup schedule for the policy.

Skip Scanning ACLs or permissions for unmodified files Select this option to skip scanning the Access Control Lists or permissions of files that have not changed recently.
Only scan files created/modified in the last X months Only scan files that were created or modified in the last <number of > months. You can enter 3, 6, 9, or 12 months for the duration. All files that are older than the specified duration are skipped from Smart Scans.
Full Scan Schedule

Even if you enable the smart scan, you can still run a full scan. You can choose to run a full scan every 24 weeks or less. We recommend that you run a full scan every four weeks. Also, specify the preferred day, time, duration, and bandwidth.

Note:

  • Smart scan does not apply to Windows server backup sets since Windows uses the USN journal to scan and detect changed files. If you enable the Smart scan option for Windows servers (NTFS or ReFS), Phoenix ignores the Smart scan setting in the configuration and displays the Smart scan is not needed for NTFS/ReFS message in the progress logs.
  • If you change the Backup Content setting under the backup set, the subsequent scan is a full scan.

 

Actions

The following table lists the actions on the Backup Schedule tab.

Action Description

Add Schedule

 

Adds fields to create a new schedule.

Note:  To create multiple schedules, click Add Schedule a s many times as the number of schedules that you want to create. To delete a schedule, click the cross icon next to the schedule. If  there is just one schedule  you cannot delete it.

Previous Navigates to the previous General tab.
Next Navigates to the next Retention tab. 

Retention 

On the Retention tab, you can configure the retention period for your backup data. 

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Field Description 

The following table lists the fields on the Retention tab.

Field Description

Daily Snapshots for

The duration (in days) for which you want to retain daily snapshots. 

Weekly Snapshots for

The duration (in weeks) for which you want to retain weekly snapshots.

Monthly Snapshots for

The duration (in months) for which you want to retain monthly snapshots.

Yearly Snapshots for

The duration (in years) for which you want to retain yearly snapshots.

Enable Long Term Retention (LTR)
(Applicable only for LTR customers) 
Toggle to enable or disable LTR for the backup policy. You can enable LTR only if the retention period is greater than or equal to one year. To know more about LTR, refer to About Long Term Retention.

Note: Any changes that you make to the existing retention policies will be applied to all the new as well as the existing snapshots.

Actions 

The following table lists the actions on the Add Retention Policy tab.

Action Description
Previous Navigates to the previous Backup Schedule tab. 
Next Navigates to the next Pre/Post script settings tab. 

Pre/Post script settings

You can configure the file server agent to automatically execute custom scripts before a backup job starts and after it is finished. On the Pre/Post script settings tab, configure settings for your pre and post backup scripts. 

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Field Description

The following table lists the fields in the Pre/Post script settings tab.

Field Description
Windows Server

Enable Scripts 

 

Allows the execution of pre-backup and post-backup scripts for Windows servers. When you select the Enable scripts for Windows servers check box <When you enable the toggle bar for Enable Scripts>, the Specify scripts location field gets enabled.

Scripts Location Specify the folder path containing the pre_script.bat and post_script.bat backup scripts
Linux Server

Enable Scripts

 

Allows the execution of pre-backup and post-backup scripts for Linux servers. When you select the Enable scripts for Linux servers check box, When you enable the toggle bar for Enable Scripts the Specify scripts location field gets enabled.

Scripts Location Specify the folder path containing the pre_script.sh and post_script.sh backup scripts.
Pre-script is not present at the specified location Skips the backup operation when the backup pre-script is unavailable at the location specified in the Specify scripts location field.
Pre-script execution fails Skips the backup operation when the pre-script execution fails.
Abort pre/post script execution if it does not complete in XX Hours/Minutes Specify the time in hours or minutes after which the backup script execution aborts. If the script execution time limit is not specified,  the pre-backup and post-backup scripts run until the script execution is complete or 1 year, whichever is less. 

Actions

The following table lists the actions on the Pre/Post script settings tab.

Action Description
Previous Navigates to the previous Retention tab.
Finish Completes the process of adding a new backup policy.