Using the Backup Policy Wizard to configure a catalog backup

Catalog backups write only to media in the CatalogBackup volume pool. This procedure assumes that a storage device is configured and media is available in the CatalogBackup volume pool.

See About adding volumes.

To use the Backup Policy Wizard to configure a catalog backup

  1. Click Create a Backup Policy in the right pane to launch the Backup Policy Configuration Wizard. The wizard is visible when either the Master Server or the NetBackup Management node is selected in the left pane.

    Click Help within any wizard screen for more information on the wizard settings.

  2. Click Next on the Welcome screen.

  3. In the Policy Name and Type wizard screen, enter the policy name. Select NBU-Catalog as the policy type.

    Click Next.

    See NetBackup naming conventions.

  4. On the Backup Type wizard screen, select the backup type. The User Backup does not apply for NBU-Catalog policies. Click Next.

  5. On the Rotation wizard screen, select the rotation schedule. By default, a frequency-based schedule is selected. A frequency-based schedule ensures that the catalog backup has an opportunity to run in busy environments where backup jobs are running.

    The selection After each backup session refers to a period when no regular backup policy is running.

    Catalog backups can be scheduled to run concurrently with other backup types on the master server.

    See Running online, hot catalog backups concurrently with other backups.

    Click Next.

  6. In the Start Window wizard screen, define a window of time during which the catalog backup can start and click Next. The scheduled windows (Off hours, Working hours, All day, Custom) are preset in the wizard. To change these settings, first complete the wizard. Then, select the policy in the Policies utility and customize the settings.

    User Window selections are disabled, as regular users (those who are not NetBackup administrators) cannot start catalog backups.

  7. On the Catalog Disaster Recovery File wizard screen, enter the path where each disaster recovery image file can be saved on disk. The image file contains the disaster recovery information. Enter the logon and password information, if necessary.

    Symantec recommends that you save the image file to a network share or a removable device. Do not save the disaster recovery information to the local machine.

    See Path.

    See Logon.

    See Password.

    Click Next.

  8. Symantec recommends that you configure the NetBackup environment to send the disaster recovery information to a NetBackup administrator. This backup-specific information is sent after every catalog backup.

    To send the information to more than one administrator, separate multiple email addresses using a comma as follows:,

    Make sure that email notification is enabled in your environment.

    See Disaster recovery emails and the disaster recovery file.

    See Send in an email attachment field.


    The disaster recovery email is not sent to the address that is specified in the Global Attributes properties. The Administrator's email Address in the Global Attributes properties specifies the addresses where NetBackup sends notifications of scheduled backups or administrator-directed manual backups.

  9. Click Finish to complete the wizard.

  10. You may want to add critical policies to the Critical Policies list. Specify some policies as critical policies after the Backup Policy Wizard is complete. A policy that is listed on the Critical Policies list is considered crucial to the recovery of a site in the event of a disaster.

    See Adding policies to the Critical Policies list of a catalog backup policy.

    The NetBackup Disaster Recovery report lists all of the media that is used for backups of critical policies, including the most recent full backup. The reports lists the media for only incremental and full backup schedules, so critical policies should use only incremental or full backup schedules.

    See Critical policies list.