Creating selection lists

A backup selection list is a list of the resources you want to back up. After you create a selection list you can use it with any backup job or policy.

Depending on how you set the Backup Exec default options for selection lists, Backup Exec will do one of the following when you create a new selection list:

To create a selection list

  1. On the navigation bar, click Job Setup.

  2. In the task pane, under Selection Lists Tasks, select New backup selection list.

  3. Select the resources that you want to back up from the backup selections pane.

    See Selecting data to back up .

  4. Select the appropriate options as follows:

    Selection list name

    Enter the name of this selection list.

    Load selections from existing list

    Click this button if you want to load an existing selection list or merge multiple selection lists.

    See Merging and replacing selection lists.

    Selection list description

    Enter a description for this selection list.


    Click this button if you want to use the Advanced File Selection for selecting files for backing up.

    See Including or excluding files for backup.

    Include subdirectories

    Select this option if you want to select the contents of all the subfolders when a directory is selected.

    Show file details

    Select this option to display details about the files available for selecting.

    View by Resource

    Click this tab to view resources in a tree view.

    View Selection Details

    Click this tab to view selections as a list of files and directories.

  5. (Optional) To change the order in which the resources in the selection list are backed up, on the Properties pane, under Source, click Resource Order.

  6. (Optional) To change or test a logon account for the resources, on the Properties pane, under Source, click Resource Credentials.

    See About selection lists.

  7. (Optional) To set the priority for processing the jobs associated with the selection list, or to can set a time range when the resources in the list will be available for backup, on the Properties pane, under Source, click Priority and Availability.

    See Setting priority and availability windows for selection lists.

  8. (Optional) To notify users that a job containing this selection list was completed, on the Properties pane, under Source, click Selection List Notification.

    See Assigning notification recipients for completed jobs.

  9. If you are creating a selection list for a CASO environment, do the following in the order listed:

    • On the Properties pane, under Destination, click Device.

    • Check Restrict backup of the selection list to devices on the following media server or media servers in a pool.

    • Select the media server from the drop-down list.

  10. Click OK.

More Information

About selection lists

Deleting selection lists

Editing selection lists

“To edit the Excludes selection list”

Creating separate selection lists for each computer or resource