Creating an Archiving Subclient for CIFS Shares

Archiving subclients are logical containers of data to be archived. When you create an archive set, a default subclient is automatically created. The default subclient contains all the data that the agent is responsible to protect.

You can create a user-defined subclient to manage and back up specific shares and share contents. To add content to a user-defined subclient, you can browse for content or you can manually add content. If a CIFS share is marked as non-browsable on the file server, you must manually enter the path to the share.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > network_share_client > File System.
  2. Right the archive_set, point to All Tasks, and then click New Subclient.

    The New Subclient dialog box appears.

  3. Specify the basic settings for the subclient:
    1. In the Subclient Name box, type a name.
    2. On the Content tab, click Add Paths to add the UNC path that belongs to the non-NDMP client.

      Option to add a path


      Browse and select the shares that are available on the on file server

      1. Click Browse.

        The Browse Configuration dialog box appears.

      2. In the File Server Interface box, review the default value (the client host).

        You can update the client host to a CIFS interface on the file server.

      3. From the Proxy list, click the proxy to use to browse for the shares.
      4. If the file server does not allow browsing without credentials, complete the following steps:
        1. Click As User.

          The Impersonate User dialog box appears.

        2. Enter the credentials needed to access the file server.

          Note: These credentials are also used for the archive operation.

      5. Click OK.

        The Browsing contents dialog box appears.

      6. Click the CIFS share that you want to back up, and then click Add.

      Manually add a path

      1. Click Add Paths.

        The Add Multiple Contents dialog box appears.

      2. Type the path to the CIFS share or the share contents, and then click OK.

        You can include wildcards to define the subclient content. For example, to back up all shares that start with Dep, enter \\file_server\Dep*. For information about supported wildcards, see Wildcards for the Windows File System Agent.

        If credentials are needed, the Impersonate User dialog box appears. Enter the credentials needed to access the file server.

        The login credentials that you provide must be added to the:

        • Local administrators group on the data access node.
        • Use the same credentials for all subclients created on your CommCell Console. If you plan to use different credentials, the file server must have access to those credentials.
        • Make sure that the impersonate user credentials has read and write permissions to the data residing on the UNC path.
        1. To archive your files, on the Archiving Rules tab:
          1. On the General subtab, set the rules based on the file access time, modified time, or file size.

            For more information about archiving rules, see Archiving Rules.

          2. Optional: On the Advanced subtab, configure delayed stubbing and set additional archiving rules.

            To perform a data redundancy check, see Enabling Redundancy Check for Files that Qualify for Archiving. For more information about advanced archiving rules, see Stub Pruning.

        2. To specify the retention period for your archived files, on the Retention subtab, set the time period.

          For more information about retention period, see Retention Options for Archiving.

        3. On the Data Access Nodes tab, under Available Data Access Nodes, select the data access nodes that will participate in the archive operation, and then click Add.


          You can set data access nodes at the agent level or at the subclient level. The nodes set at the subclient level take precedence in such cases.

          You can select a client or a client group (containing Windows clients) from the available nodes list.

          Ensure that you select the Allow multiple readers within a drive or mount point check box on the Performance tab and increase the number of data readers as needed based on the number of data access nodes added.

          Ensure that you select the Reconcile Backup check box on the Advanced Options tab.

          All of the participating backup nodes must be at the same service pack level.

        4. On the Storage Device tab, select a storage policy from the Storage Policy list.
        5. Click OK.

A subclient with the content that you want to archive is created under the archive set that you selected.

Last modified: 10/2/2020 4:04:27 PM