How to back up data

Backups are crucial for data protection, and Backup Exec offers you many choices for creating backup jobs to protect your data, including the following:

Backup Exec allows you to set default options for backup jobs, but also gives you the flexibility to override these options for specific jobs. You can direct all backup jobs to a specified network segment, isolating the backup data so that other connected networks are not affected when backup operations are performed, or you can specify a LAN for a single job.

Backup Exec also provides the option of setting up backup jobs that take place on a routine basis (scheduled jobs), or set up one-time backup jobs.

In addition to creating backup jobs to protect data, you can create the following:

Before you begin backing up data, you should develop a backup strategy that includes the method, frequency, and media rotation methods that are appropriate for your organization. You may have different strategies for different areas of the organization.

You may also want to configure device and media management before creating backup jobs. You can set up Backup Exec to use specific storage devices or logical groupings of devices, such as device pools.

Specifically, you might want to perform the following tasks to help you manage storage hardware and media most effectively:


To protect remote resources, you must install the Backup Exec Remote Agent for Windows Systems on the remote computer. The Remote Agent is a system service that runs on Windows servers and workstations and provides efficient backup processing by locally performing tasks that, in typical backup technologies, require extensive network interaction.

More Information

Creating device pools

Creating media sets

Creating a backup job by using the Backup Wizard

About backup strategies