Ad-Hoc Backups

Ad-hoc backups are on-demand backups that allow subclient content to be specified as an external input when starting a backup operation. When you start an ad-hoc backup from the command line, you can specify the content in a directive file.

Data Scan

Ad-hoc job always runs a full scan operation. It will back up all the files in the directive file.

First Ad-Hoc Job

If the ad-hoc backup job is the first job on the subclient, then the job will run as a full backup. The subsequent ad-hoc backup jobs run as incremental jobs. Synthetic full backup jobs carry forward the ad-hoc backup data only if the data is not part of the subclient used to perform ad-hoc jobs.

Commits and Failed Items

  • If the job before the ad-hoc job was committed, then the remaining un-committed data will be backed up in next regular job, not by the ad-hoc job. For information on committing a backup job when it is terminated, see Killing a Job in the Job Controller.
  • Commit is not supported for ad-hoc jobs. Killing an ad-hoc job does not convert it to commit, instead the job is killed.
  • Failed items from regular jobs are picked by the next regular backup and such items will not be handled by an ad-hoc job. Failed items from ad-hoc jobs are not picked up by either ad-hoc or regular job.

Unsupported Components

IntelliSnap backups.


  • Supported on Indexing V2 client computers.
  • The latest browse operation shows items only for the current cycle. Once you run a full backup job on the subclient, the previous ad-hoc items will not be visible in the latest browse operation. Only point-in-time or time range browse operations show the ad-hoc items.
  • If the data in the ad-hoc job overlaps with that of the regular subclient, then the deleted items retention will apply for the ad-hoc data also.

Last modified: 7/12/2018 9:35:31 AM