NetBackup™ Web UI Backup Administrator's Guide

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.2)
Platform: Linux,UNIX,Windows

Create a protection plan

A protection plan defines when backups are performed, how long the backups are retained, and the type of storage to use. Once you have set up a protection plan, you can subscribe assets to that protection plan.

Before you create a protection plan, you must configure all storage options. You must configure those storage options in the NetBackup Administration Console. Refer to the following procedure (step 5) for the types of storage options that can be configured.


After upgrade, the protection plans may not appear in the web UI. The conversion process may not have run but should run within 5 minutes of performing the upgrade. However, it may take up to 4 hours if the conversion process failed the first time.

To create a protection plan

  1. On the left, click Protection plans and then click Add.
  2. In Basic properties, enter a Name, Description, and select a Supported Workload from the drop-down list.

    Optional selections:

    • Allow Custom Protection:

      Select this option to allow workload administrators to create a custom protection plan based on this protection plan. The Cloud workload does not allow you to setup this option.

    • Policy name prefix:

      Use this option for policy names. A prefix is appended to the policy name when NetBackup automatically creates a policy when users subscribe assets to this protection plan.

  3. In Schedules and retention, click Add schedule. You can select the schedule type, how often it runs, and how long to keep the backup for this protection plan. The options change depending on workload chosen.

    If you select Monthly as a frequency, you can select between Days of the week (grid view) or Days of the month (calendar view).


    If you select Automatic for the schedule type, then all schedules for this protection plan will be Automatic. If you select a Full, Differential incremental, or Cumulative Incremental for the schedule type, then all schedules for this protection plan must be one of these options.

    If you select Automatic for the schedule type, NetBackup automatically sets the schedule type for you. NetBackup calculates when to do a Full or Differential incremental based on frequency you specify.

    • (Optional) To replicate the backup, turn on Replicate this backup.

      • To use the Replicate this backup option, the backup storage must be a source in a targeted A.I.R. environment. The Replication target is configured in step 5.

      • For more information about replication, review About NetBackup Auto Image Replication in the NetBackup Administrator's Guide, Volume I.

    • (Optional) To keep a copy in long-term storage, turn on Duplicate a copy immediately to long-term retention.

      • NetBackup immediately duplicates a copy to long-term storage after the backup completes.

      • The schedule options that are available for long-term storage are based on the frequency and the retention levels for the regular backup schedules that you created.

  4. (Optional) If you have selected the Cloud workload, you can configure snapshot replication after you have configured a schedule and retention. For more information about cloud snapshot replication, see the NetBackup Web UI for Cloud Administrator's Guide.

    In the Additional copies column:

    • Click Configure Snapshot replication.

    • In the Configure snapshot replica dialog, click Add.

    • Configure the Retention and select the Destination for the replicated snapshots.


    You can only create one additional cloud replication copy per protection plan.

    If you selected Cloud as a workload, proceed to step 7.

  5. In Storage options, select the storage type per schedule you configured in step 3.

    The options vary depending on storage options currently setup to work with NetBackup.

    When creating a protection plan, select only the storage that a NetBackup 8.1.2 or newer media server can access.

    Storage option



    Snapshot storage only

    CloudPoint is required for this option.

    Configure CloudPoint in the NetBackup Administration Console using the Snapshot Management Server feature. If you use the Snapshot only storage option, no other storage option can be selected. Go to step 6.

    Backup storage

    OpenStorage is required for this option. Tape, storage unit groups, and Replication Director not supported.

    Click Edit to select the storage target. Click Use selected storage after selecting the storage target.

    The NetBackup Accelerator feature allows protection plans to execute faster than traditional backups, by creating a compact data stream that uses less network bandwidth. If the storage server on the NetBackup master server supports NetBackup Accelerator, this feature is included in the protection plan. For more details on NetBackup Accelerator, contact the NetBackup administrator or see the NetBackup Administrator's Guide, Volume I or the NetBackup for VMware Administrator's Guide.

    The Instant access feature allows the plan's VM recovery points to support the creation of instant access VMs.

    Replication target

    The backup storage must be a source in a targeted A.I.R. environment.

    Click Edit to select the replication target master server. Select a master server and then select a storage lifecycle policy. Click Use selected replication target to return to the storage options screen.

    If the replication target master server is not in the list, you must add one in NetBackup. For more information on how to add a replication target master server, review Adding a trusted master server in the NetBackup Deduplication Guide.

    Long-term retention storage

    OpenStorage is required for this option. Tape, storage unit groups, and Replication Director not supported.

    Click Edit to select the cloud storage provider. Click Use selected storage after selecting the cloud provider target.

  6. In Backup options, configure all options based on your workload type. The options in this area change depending on workload option selected.
  7. Review the plan details and click Save.