Managing OpenVMS File System Subclients

Subclients contain information about what data is backed up. You can create a user-defined subclient to manage and back up specific data files.

Subclients can contain a combination of files and directories.

You can use wildcards to define the subclient content, exclusions, and exceptions.

For more information on the supported OpenVMS wildcards, see Supported Wildcards for OpenVMS File Systems.

You can create subclients for specific folders and files that frequently change or have a different backup schedule.

Before You Begin

  1. If you do not want to use the default backup set, create a backup set.

  2. Make sure that you have the following information:

    • The plan to assign to the subclient


      You can only assign a plan to a subclient when it is the only subclient in the backup set.

      Plans contain information about how often the software backs up the data and the storage library.

      For more information, see Plans.


  1. From the navigation pane, click Manage > Servers > server > File System > backup_set. Then, in the upper-right of the page, click Add subclient.

    The Add subclient dialog box appears.

  2. In the Subclient name box, type the subclient name.

  3. In the Backup configuration section, perform one of the following steps to determine the plan or policies to use for the backup operations:

    • To use a server plan, enable the Use backup plan slider, and then select a server plan.

    • To use a storage policy and a schedule policy, disable the Use backup plan slider, select a storage policy and a schedule policy.

  4. In the Backup process settings section, enter the following information:

    • Pre-backup process: Enter the character @ followed by the VMS-format path to the batch file.


    • Post-backup process: Enter the character @ followed by the VMS-format path to the batch file.


    For more information about pre-processes and post-processes, see Pre-Processes and Post-Processes Overview.

  5. Click Save.


The software adds the subclient and you can perform backup and restore operations on the subclient. If you assigned a plan to the subclient, the following operations happen:

  • The software automatically backs up the subclient according to the schedule plans

  • The software assigns the plan to the subclient's backup set