Creating a Server Plan

To specify how you want to back up your data, create a server plan.

Before You Begin

Configure storage.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Manage > Plans.

    The Plans page appears.

  2. Click Create plan, and then select Server backup.

    The Create server backup plan page appears.




  1. Fill in the following plan information:

    1. Choose whether to create a new plan or use a base plan.

    2. If you selected Create a new plan, in the Plan name, enter a name for the server plan.

    3. If you selected Use existing base plan, specify the plan name and select a base plan.

Backup destinations

  1. Click Add copy.

    The Add copy dialog box appears.

  2. In Name, enter a name for the backup destination.

  3. From the Storage list, select the storage to use for the backups.

    You can use the Metallic Recovery Reserve cool storage class for creating secondary copies, but not for creating primary copies.

  4. To specify the start time for backups on a specific date and later, move the Backups On and After toggle key to the right.

  5. For Retention rules, enter the amount of time to retain the backups.

  6. To specify additional backups, such as weekly full backups, move the Extended retention rules toggle key to the right, and then add rules.

  7. Click Save.

  8. To add additional regions to the backup destination, move the Multi-region toggle key to the right, and then select the regions.

    You can also add more regions and associate the storage copy to the region.

Recovery point objective

Backup schedule dates and times that you select in this section are applied to the time zones of the servers that are associated to the plan. In other words, backup jobs for different servers located in different time zones run at the same time but according to different time zones. However, you can change the time zone to suit your requirements. For example, you can change the time zone to match the CommServe time zone so that all associated servers (even in different time zones) are backed up at the same time according to the CommServe time zone.

A default incremental backup is scheduled everyday at 9 PM for all agents. You can add additional backup schedules. For example, you can an additional backup schedule only for databases.

Or, you can choose to delete the default incremental backup schedule. Server plans without associated backup schedules can be used for on demand backups.

  1. For Backup frequency, click Add.

    The Add backup frequency dialog box appears.

    1. From the Backup type list, select the backup type, and from the for list, select All agents or Databases.

    2. Specify the frequency of the backup.

    3. To specify the client time zone, full backup database frequency, or to add exceptions, move the Advanced toggle key to the right, and do the following:

      • From the time zone list, select the time zone according to which the backups must run.

      • If you select incremental or differential backup type for all agents or databases, to modify the full backup frequency of the database, specify a value for Run full backup on databases every option.

      • To add exceptions when the backups must not run, click Exceptions, and then add exceptions for any day of a month or week or schedule an exception for any week of the month.

        Exceptions repeat every week or month according to the selected exception.

  2. To modify the transaction log frequency, or enable disk cache for log backups, in the Run transaction log for databases field, click Edit edit button outline grey/gray pencil.

    • For Transaction log, specify how often to run log backups.

    • To automatically back up the database logs to the MediaAgent cache, move the Advance toggle button to the right and do the following:

      1. Move the Use disk cache for log backups toggle key to the right.

      2. For Commit every, enter how often to commit the logs to the CommServe computer.

      Disk caching of database logs applies to the following databases: Informix, Microsoft SQL Server on Windows, Oracle, Oracle RAC, and SAP HANA


      The database schedules are available only if the server plan is applicable to database solution and only one transaction log schedule can be added to that specific plan.

  3. For Backup window (if incremental and differential backups are supported for the workload), specify when you want incremental and differential backups to run.

  4. For Full backup window, specify when you want full backups to run.


  1. Under Snapshot options, do the following:

    1. Specify how to retain snapshots:

      • To specify a number of jobs to retain on a snapshot copy, select Number of snap recovery points, and then enter the number of jobs to retain.

      • To specify a retention period, select Retention period, and then enter the amount of time to retain the jobs.

    2. If you don't want to create backup copies, move the Enable backup copy toggle key to the left to turn it off.

    3. For Backup copy frequency, enter how often to run backup copy jobs.


When you configure secondary storage, the Commvault software automatically runs an auxiliary copy job every 30 minutes.

What to Do Next

You can assign the server plan to CommCell entities such as apps and subclients.