Policies provide a method for managing backup jobs and strategies. Policies contain job templates, which are job attributes that define how and when Backup Exec processes a job. Templates specify the devices, settings, and schedule for a job, but do not include the selections to be backed up. To create jobs, combine a policy with a selection list.
For example, you can set up policies for the following:
Creating duplicate copies of backup sets. Set up a policy that contains a backup template and a duplicate backup set template. The duplicate backup set template initiates a job that copies the backup set created by the backup job.
Setting relationships between jobs. When a policy contains more than one template, you can use template rules to establish relationships between the templates. For example, you can set a template rule so that when one backup job completes, Backup Exec automatically starts another backup job.
Exporting media. Set up a policy that contains an export media template and at least one backup template. Then, set up a template rule that schedules a media export job after the backup completes. You can also select a vault to move the media to after it is exported from the robotic library slots.
Creating a synthetic backup. If you have purchased and installed the Advanced Disk-based Backup Option (ADBO), then you can set up a policy that contains the necessary job templates for creating a synthetic backup.
Enabling true image restore of backup sets. If you have purchased and installed the Advanced Disk-based Backup Option (ADBO), then you can set up a policy that contains the necessary job templates for enabling true image restore of backup sets.
After you combine a selection list with a policy, Backup Exec automatically creates a job for each template in the policy. For example, if a policy contains three templates, Backup Exec will create one job for each template, for a total of three jobs. Polices are reusable, so you can create a single policy and combine it with several different selection lists.