Step 4: Run a Backup

Storage + Backup Set + Sources = Data Protection
After configuring storage, initializing a backup set, and adding sources, you are now ready to run your first backup and begin protecting your data!
Another optional step before running your first backup is to create a schedule. For steps to create Intelligent Schedules, please visit this article.

General Steps

  1. 1.
    In the left navigation bar of the ZMC, click Backup Sets
  1. 2.
    Click on the
    icon next to the Backup Set that you wish to perform a backup for
In the screen that appears, you will see a workflow consisting of the following steps: Backup What -> Backup Where -> Backup Staging -> Backup How -> Backup When -> Backup Now.
You will also see a 7th page called Backup Media. This contains a table of all backups that have been performed for this backup set. We will cover this further on the Run a Restore page.
You may navigate through each step by clicking on its name in the above bar, which acts as a navigation bar.
In each step, you will see some advanced configuration options. For a full guide on what each of the options does, click here. We will only be covering the essentials in this article.
  1. 3.
    Let's go through the backup workflow:

Backup What

Here, you will see all of the Sources that you linked to this specific Backup Set. Check the boxes next to the sources that you wish to back up. If you do not check any boxes, then all of the entries will be backed up.

Backup Where

Most of the fields in this step are informational, and the Taperscan drop-down is only applicable for tape backups.
The exception to this is if you are using AWS S3 as a storage option, in which case you should see the Special Steps for AWS S3 section found at the bottom of this page.
When you are ready, click UPDATE CONFIGURATION.

Backup Staging

Staging is used exclusively for Tape backups. If you are using tape as a storage target for your backup set, you may configure these settings as desired and click UPDATE. Otherwise, you may continue to the Backup How page.

Backup How

This page contains some Performance Parameters and Time Out settings. These fields are acceptable using the default configurations, however, you are free to update them according to your specific needs.
You may also configure email notifications on this page. You will need to configure an email tool through the command line before this feature will work. We have covered this process in this article. For now, you may click UPDATE and continue to the Backup When page.

Backup When

This is where you may add or replace the schedule linked to this backup set. Simply click on the drop-down, select the schedule you wish to apply, and click UPDATE SCHEDULE. If you have not configured any schedules yet, you may leave this as None as shown below.

Backup Now

As the name suggests, you may start your backups from this page. If you opted to add a schedule in the previous step, you can click on the red play button to activate the backup set and it will begin to backup according to the schedule that you have specified.
If you wish to run a backup immediately, you may select the backup level and click either the green play button or START BACKUP NOW. You will then be taken to the Monitor page where you can monitor the progress of your backups.

Special Steps for AWS S3

If AWS S3 is the storage target for your backup set, you will have some additional essential options to configure - specifically on the Backup Where page.
The first feature to note is the Archive to Glacier checkbox. When you select this option, you will then be able to choose after how many days the backed-up data will be transitioned from the S3 standard tier to S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval.
The next feature to note is the Immutable Backup slider. The slider will only be active the first time you visit the Backup Where page, and inactive after you click Add Configuration for the first time. Activating this option will allow you to choose between the AWS-defined Governance and Compliance Immutability modes, as well as select the retention period in days.
Another feature unique to AWS is the ability to select the availability zone as shown below. This feature is also unconfigurable after the first time you click Add Configuration.
The final feature that you may configure is found in the Advanced Options menu. Here we recommend changing the Max Upload Speed and Max Download Speed fields to match your specific environment's capabilities. For example, if you normally expect upload speeds of 10MiB/s, put 10000 in the Max Upload Speed field. You may also choose how many threads to use per Upload/Download.
After configuring these settings, you may click ADD CONFIGURATION and continue using the General Steps to perform the backup.