Veritas NetBackup™ Getting Started Guide

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Product(s): NetBackup (, 8.3, 8.2, 8.1.2)

How to make a NetBackup system work for you

Policies determine when backups occur. Policies include schedules for automatic, unattended backups of the NetBackup clients (server-directed backups). Policies also define when you can back up and restore files manually (user-directed operations). Refer to the NetBackup Administrator's Guide for UNIX, Windows, and Linux, Volume I for more information on policies.

NetBackup administrators can set up periodic or calendar-based schedules to perform automatic, unattended backups for clients across a network. An administrator can carefully schedule backups to achieve systematic and complete backups over a period of time, and optimize network traffic during off-peak hours.

The backups can be full or incremental. Full backups back up all client files. Incremental backups back up only the files that have changed since the last backup.

The NetBackup administrator can allow users to back up, restore, or archive the files from their computer. (An archive operation backs up a file, then deletes the original file from the source disk if the backup is successful.)