Changing the backup network and security options for a job

When you set up a default network, Backup Exec uses it automatically for every backup and restore job. However, when you are setting up a new backup job, you can change the backup network for that job. When you change the backup network for a job, you also can set that backup network as the new default backup network for all future backup jobs.

You can also change your default security options for an individual job. You can choose to encrypt a backup job. If you use Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 or later, you can configure the job to run automatically when global threats arise.

To change the backup network for a job

  1. On the navigation bar, click the arrow next to Backup.

  2. Click New Backup Job.

  3. Set up the backup job as usual by selecting data and setting General and Advanced options.

    See Creating a backup job by setting job properties.

  4. On the Properties pane, under Settings, click Network and Security.

  5. Select the appropriate options as follows:

    Network Interface

    Select the name of the network interface card that connects the media server to the network you want to use for the backup network for this backup job. The list includes all available network interfaces on the media server.

    If you are using the Central Admin Server Option (CASO), select the Use the default network interface for the managed media server option if you want CASO delegated backup jobs to be processed using the network interface card configured as the default in the managed media server.


    Select the protocol you want to use.

    The options are as follows:

    • Use any available protocol

    • Use IPv4

    • Use IPv6


    Displays the 32-bit number that determines the subnet to which the network interface card belongs.

    Allow use of any available network interface, subnet, or protocol for remote agents not bound to the above network interface, subnet, or protocol

    If a remote system that you selected for backup is not part of the specified backup network, select this check box to ensure that the data from the remote system is backed up over any available network.

    If you do not select this check box and you selected data from a remote system that is not part of the specified backup network, the job fails because Backup Exec cannot back up the data from the remote system.

    Interface details

    Displays the Media Access Control (MAC) address, Adapter type, Description, IP addresses, and subnet prefixes of the network interface you selected for the backup network.

    Encryption type

    Select the type of encryption you want to use, if any.

    See About encryption.

    Encryption key

    Select the encryption key you want to use.

    Manage keys

    Click Manage keys to create a new encryption key or delete an existing encryption key.

    Run this backup job immediately when an elevated Symantec ThreatCon level is reached

    Select whether you want to run this backup job when the Symantec ThreatCon reaches the level you specify in the Symantec ThreatCon level field. You must have Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 or later installed on the same computer as Backup Exec to use this feature.

    Symantec ThreatCon level

    Select the ThreatCon level at which you want this backup to run automatically.

    You can find more information about Symantec ThreatCon levels at the following URL:

  6. Complete the backup job as normal.

More Information

Specifying backup networks

Setting default backup network and security options

Creating a backup job by setting job properties

About encryption

Encryption keys

About using Backup Exec with Symantec Endpoint Protection