V11 SP8

Performing a SAP HANA Incremental or Differential Backup

A SAP HANA incremental or differential backup uses fewer resources than full backups.

Best Practice: use the backup prefix to uniquely identify a backup.

For more information on incremental backups, see Incremental Backups.

For more information on differential backups, see Differential Backups.

Note: You must have SAP HANA SPS 10 or higher in order to perform an incremental or differential backup.

Before You Begin

  1. Configure a SAP HANA pseudo client.
  2. The database must be online and all services must be running.
  3. Best Practice: To avoid backup failures, refresh the connection to SAP HANA.
    Connection Steps
    User name and password
    1. Refresh the connection in the CommCell Console.
      1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > pseudo client > SAP HANA.
      2. Right-click the instance, and then click Properties.

        The Instance Properties dialog box appears.

      3. On the General tab, in the DB User Name box, type the credentials that you use to access the SAP HANA database.
      4. Click OK.
    2. Delete the SAP HANA store keys. On the command line, type the following:

      hdbuserstore delete BACKUP
      hdbuserstore delete BACKUPM 

    hbduserstore key
    1. Delete the SAP HANA key. On the command line, type the following:

      hdbuserstore delete <keyname>

    2. Recreate the hdbuserstore key. For more information, see Creating the SAP HANA HDBUSERSTORE KEY.


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > pseudo client > SAP HANA > instance.
  2. Right-click the subclient and click Backup.
  3. On the Backup Options for Subclient dialog box, select the backup type and job initiation:
    1. In the Backup Type section, select the type of backup that you want to perform.

      To perform an incremental backup, select Incremental.

      To perform a differential backup, select Differential.

    2. In the Job Initiation section, choose to run the backup now or schedule it.

      Note: If you selected Schedule, set up the schedule.

      For information on configuring a backup schedule, see Schedule Backups.

  4. Optional: Identify the backup.
    1. Click Advanced.

      The Advanced Backup Options dialog box appears.

    2. On the SAP HANA Options tab, in the Backup Prefix box, enter a unique prefix.
    3. Click OK to close the Advanced Backup Options dialog box.
  5. Click OK to close the Backup Options dialog box.