How to group by general attributes

Create separate policies for groups of clients that require different general attribute settings.

The General attributes that may determine which clients are grouped in the same policy include the following:

Policy Type

Each client must be in a policy of the correct policy type. For example, Windows clients must be in a policy of a MS-Windows policy type.


All of the data that the policy generates is sent to the same destination that is indicated in the policy. The data must share the same Data Classification, Policy storage, and Policy volume pool.

See Data classification option.

See Policy storage policy attribute.

See Policy volume pool attribute.

Job Priority

This attribute determines the priority for the backups of all of the clients in the policy.

Follow NFS

Select this attribute if a UNIX client has NFS mounted files to be backed up. Consider placing these clients in a separate policy so problems with NFS do not affect the other clients.

Cross mount points

This attribute lets NetBackup cross file system boundaries for all clients in the policy.

Backup Network Drives

This attribute lets NetBackup back up the files that all clients in the policy store on network drives. (Applies only to the MS-Windows policy type.)


This attribute indicates that all clients in the policy are to compress their backups before they send them to the server. Note that the time to compress can increase backup time and make it unsuitable to use for all clients. Consider creating a different policy for those clients.

More Information

Policy type attribute

Job priority policy attribute

Follow NFS policy attribute

Cross mount points policy attribute

Backup network drives policy attribute

Compression policy attribute

Gather client information

Group the clients based on backup requirements

Consider storage requirements

Backup schedule considerations

Maximize multiplexed backups

Evaluate backup times