Performing Block-Level Backups for File System Agents

You can perform block-level backups for faster backups and you can schedule backups frequently as block-level backups use snapshot technology.

About This Task

Note that the next block-level backup is automatically converted to a full backup even when you selected a block-level incremental backup if you do any of the following:

  • Select a different snapshot engine for taking snapshots (if you use hardware snap engines for taking snapshots).

  • Change the device configuration between jobs, such as changing the volume size.

Before You Begin

  • Decide which type of backup is appropriate. You cannot perform Differential backups.

  • Plan whether you will run the backup immediately or on a schedule.

  • When you run the backup job from the subclient level, for a native block-level subclient, the backup copy job runs immediately after the snapshot backup job. However, for non-native snapshot engines, backup copy job must be scheduled separately.

  • If you back up all subclients from the backup set level, backup copy job will not run immediately for block-level subclients. Configure the backup copy job to run immediately. For more information, see Configuring a Backup Copy for IntelliSnap Backup.

  • To perform 1-Touch recovery from block-level backups, you must run block-level backup operations in a different MediaAgent (unlike the source computer).


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > File servers.

    The File servers page appears.

  2. Click the file server.

    The file server page appears.

  3. Under Subclients, in the Actions column for the subclient, click the action button action_button, and then click Back up.

    The Select backup level dialog box appears.

  4. For Backup level, select the backup type.

  5. Optional: To receive an Email when the backup operation completes, select the When the job completes, notify me via email check box.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Optional: To view the job details, click the job ID.

  8. Click OK.

What to Do Next

You can control or view the job. For more information, see Jobs.