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Managing File System Subclients

Subclients contain information about what data is backed up. You can create a user-defined subclient to manage and back up specific data files.

Subclients can contain a combination of files and directories.

You can use wildcards to define the subclient content, exclusions, and exceptions.

For more information on the supported Windows Wildcards, see Supported Wildcards for the Windows File System.

For more information on the supported UNIX Wildcards, see Supported Wildcards for UNIX File Systems.

You can create subclients for specific folders and files that frequently change or have a different backup schedule than.

NOTE:

  • If you change the subclient content from the default of "\" or "/" to a specific directory, the next backup job is a Full backup, irrespective of the backup type you selected.
  • If a file is located under multiple directories and those directories are added as subclient content, the file is backed up only once. If two subclients within the same backup set have overlapping content, then the file is backed up only once and the other subclient skips the common file.
  • If a file is located under multiple directories and those directories are added as subclient content, the file is backed up multiple times. However, the default subclient skips the content specified in the other subclients within the same backup set.

Before You Begin

  1. If you do not want to use the default backup set, create a backup set.
  2. Make sure that you have the following information:
    • The plan to assign to the subclient

      Note: You can only assign a plan to a subclient when it is the only subclient in the backup set.

      Plans contain information about how often the software backs up the data and the storage library.

      For more information, see Plans.

Procedure

  1. You can add a subclient on the agent details page or the backup set details page. You can edit the subclient content on the subclient details page.
    • Agent details: From the navigation pane, click Servers >server > agent, in the Actions column for the instance, click the action button action_button, and then click Add subclient.
    • Backup set details: From the navigation pane, click Servers > server > agent > backup_set. Then, in the right of the page click Add subclient.

      The Add Subclient dialog box appears.

    • Subclient details: To edit the subclient content, from the navigation pane, click Servers > server > agent > backup_set > subclient. Then, in the Content area, click Edit.

      The Add/Edit content dialog box appears.

  2. On the General tab, provide the subclient details.
    1. In the Subclient Name box, type the subclient name.
    2. From the Plan list, select the plan that the software uses to protect the data.
  3. On the Content tab, choose the data to include in the backup.
    • To back up the system state for a Windows subclient, select the Backup system state check box.
    • Click Add/Edit content to select the directory or file that you want to back up.

      The Add/Edit content dialog box appears.

    1. On the Content tab, chose the data to include in the backup.
      • To manually add multiple directories, click Add paths, type each entry on a new line, and then click OK.
      • If you are not sure of the location, click Browse and then to the backup content.
    2. Optional: Exclude content from the backup. On the Exclusions tab, choose the directories and the files to exclude from the backup.
      • To manually add multiple directories, click Add paths, type each entry on a new line and then click OK.
      • If you are not sure of the location, click Browse, and then select the backup content.
    3. Optional: if you chose to exclude content, add exceptions to the exclusions. On the Exceptions tab, choose the directories and files to add to the list.
      • To manually add multiple directories, click Add paths, type each entry on a new line, and then click OK.
      • If you are not sure of the location, click Browse, and then select the backup content.
  4. Click Save.

Result

The software adds the subclient and you can perform backup and restore operations on the subclient. If you assigned a plan to the subclient, the following operations happen:

  • The software automatically backs up the subclient according to the schedule plans
  • The software assigns the plan to the subclient's backup set

Last modified: 12/26/2018 7:48:06 PM