Backing up or archiving with Backup, Archive, and Restore

A backup copies items to another drive or a storage device. The original files remain on the source drive.

An archive also copies items to another drive or a storage device. When the backup is finished and successful, the original files are deleted from the source drive.

Backups and archives are done by using the same procedure. The archive option appears within the backup procedure.

You can back up or archive the following items:

On Windows systems:

  • Files

  • Folders

  • Volumes

  • Registry keys

  • System State components

  • System Service components

  • Shadow Copy components

  • EFI System partition (IA64 systems only)


On IA64 systems, Shadow Copy backups include System State components and the EFI System partition automatically. If you select to back up only System State components, you must also select the EFI System partition for a successful backup.

On UNIX systems:

  • Files

  • Directories

  • Partitions

Use the following procedure to perform a user-directed (manual) backup or archive operation.

To back up or archive with Backup, Archive, and Restore

  1. Start the backup as follows, for the appropriate platform:

    On Windows systems:

    • To open a Backup window, click File > Select Files and Folders to Backup or click the Select for Backup icon.

    The window title bar displays the following information about how NetBackup is currently set up for the operation:

    • Server

    • Client

    On UNIX systems:

    • Click the Backup Files tab.

    The space under the menu bar displays the following information about how NetBackup is currently set up for the operation:

    • NetBackup server

    • Source client

    • Destination client

    • Policy type

  2. To select the items that you want to back up, in any pane, click the check box to the left of the item.

    A check mark next to individual items indicates that those items are selected. A check mark next to a directory (folder) indicates that all items in the directory are selected. A diagonal slash mark next to a directory indicates that only some items within it are selected.

  3. To set up how to back up the selected items, take the following action:

    • On Windows systems, click Actions > Backup.

    • On UNIX systems, click Backup.

  4. In the Backup Files dialog box, select or specify any of the following options:

    NetBackup server

    To change the NetBackup server that performs the backup operation, select a different server from the drop-down list.

    Normally, you do not need to specify a different master server. If you have the option to send your backups to more than one master server, be sure that you specify the correct one.

    Remove from list (UNIX only)

    The Files Marked for Normal Backup list shows all of the items that you marked for backup. If you want to remove any item, click on the item and then click this option.

    Archive files (delete files after successful backup)

    To delete the items automatically from the source drive after they back up successfully, select this option.

    Keyword phrase to associate with this backup or archive (optional)

    To associate a keyword phrase to the backup, enter that information here. When you restore these files later, you can search by this keyword phrase for the backed up items.

    Use default progress log filename (UNIX only)

    By default, progress log messages are written to the following location on the UNIX client:


    To change the location and the name of the progress log file for this backup, take the following actions:

    • Click this check box to remove the check mark.

    • In the Progress log filename field, enter a new path and file name.

      See About Progress Log Files.

  5. Click Start Backup.

  6. To view the backup progress, take the following action:

    Windows systems:

    In the View Status dialog box that appears, click Yes.

    UNIX systems:

    In the Task Progress tab that appears, click Yes.

    The backup may take a few minutes to complete. After you start a backup operation, you can close Backup, Archive, and Restore and perform other tasks. NetBackup continues the operation in the background.

More Information

Marking and unmarking files and directories (folders)