Creating Subclients to Back Up Specific User Accounts

You might not want to assign all your Google user accounts to the default subclient for various reasons. A few of the reasons are as follows:

  • You might have different backup requirements for different user accounts. For example, you might want to back up user accounts of employees in the finance department more frequently than the employees in the HR department.
  • You might want to group user accounts that have a large amount of content under one subclient, and group the user accounts with less content under a different subclient. Grouping user accounts this way ensures that the backup for subclients that have smaller user accounts finish faster, freeing up the backup stream for larger user accounts.
  • When you run a backup operation on a subclient, the user accounts in the subclient are not all backed up simultaneously. The user accounts are backed up sequentially in a single stream, one at a time, so it takes a lot of time for the backup to finish. If you create user-defined subclients and split all your user accounts across these subclients, you can run a backup operation on all the subclients simultaneously. This arrangement backs up one user account per subclient in parallel, creating multiple backup streams.

You can create user-defined subclients and assign specific user accounts to these subclients to meet your backup requirements.

Recommendations for Creating Subclients and Access Nodes

As you increase the number of user accounts, increase the number of access nodes in your environment to manage the subclients effectively. Add one access node for an increase of every 2000 user accounts.

Example 1

If you have 200 or more Google user accounts:

  • Create 10 subclients.
  • Use one access node.

Example 2

If you have 2000 or more Google user accounts:

  • Create 20 subclients.
  • Use two access nodes.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > Cloud Apps.
  2. Right-click the instance, point to All Tasks, and then click New Subclient.

    The Create New Subclient dialog box is displayed.

  3. In the Subclient Name box, type a name for the subclient.
  4. Click the Content tab, and then click Configure.
    1. In the Add/Modify User Accounts dialog box, click Discover.
    2. In the Add/Modify User Accounts dialog box, add the user account to this new subclient:
      1. In the User column, select a user account that you want to add.
      2. In the Subclient column, select a subclient to which you want to assign the selected user account.
      3. Verify that you have assigned at least one user account to the new subclient.

      Repeat this step for all the user accounts that you want to assign to the subclient.

    3. Click OK.
  5. Click the Storage Device tab. In the Storage Policy list, select a storage policy name.
  6. Click OK.

Last modified: 1/20/2020 12:34:56 PM