As a best practice, schedule frequent backups to ensure that you have current configuration information and data available should you need it.
You can schedule a full backup, a backup of policies only, or a configuration backup of the items that you specify. Once your backup schedule is set, you can monitor the backup status from the Status > Scheduled Tasks page.
The ability to customize your backup type gives you greater flexibility. For example, assume that you want to back up and maintain messages in incident folders or compliance requirements but do not have enough storage space. You can back up policies plus content incidents and store the backup off-box. Or you may have a situation where you want to copy the policies that you have on one Control Center to another. You can back up the policies and restore them on the other Control Center.
Backups do not include the actual license files (license files have the extension .slf). So when you restore a backup, you must re-register your licenses. If you cannot locate your license files, you must request new ones.
In the Control Center, click Administration > Hosts > Version.
On the Backup tab, click Add.
The Add Scheduled Backup page appears.
Under Backup description, type a description of the scheduled backup.
Under Backup Data, choose from among the following backup types:
Backs up the complete database, as well as the following items:
Spam Quarantine messages
Suspect Virus Quarantine messages
Spam submission submitter ID
Spam submission submitters list
Content filtering messages in Informational Incidents folders that are stored on disk
Content filtering messages in the Quarantine Incidents folders that are stored on disk.
When you select the Custom backup option the following sub-options appear:
Backs up spam, malware, reputation, and content filtering policies, policy groups, and all policy resources.
Configuration (includes policies)
Backs up all configuration data (which includes all modifiable settings in the Control Center, the spam submission submitter ID, and the submitters list) and policies. Also backs up the additional items that you select as follows:
Include content incident messages
In addition to configuration data and policies, backs up all of the messages that are in all of the content incident folders.
Include report data
In addition to configuration data and policies, backs up all of the report data.
Include log data
In addition to configuration data and policies, backs up all of the log data.
Under Backup Schedule, define the time and frequency to run the backup.
Under Backup To, specify one of the following conditions:
Store backup on server
If you back up on the local server, in the Number of backups to store field, indicate how many backup versions to keep.
You only need to specify the number of backup versions that are retained when you store files locally. When you store backup data at a remote location, you must supply the necessary information for FTP transfer. You must also provide user authentication information when required by the remote location.
You must type a value between 1 and 25. The default value is 3.
Store backup on a remote location using FTP
Also specify the following values:
Type a valid domain name.
For example: host.symantecs.org (or 192.168.2.42)
Type the port number.
Type the file name path.
For example: /home/username/backups/
Check to indicate if the transfer requires authentication.
If it does, indicate the following:
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