7188: Acronis Backup & Recovery 10: Backup Plans and Backup Policies

In a backup plan you specify explicitly what data to back up and apply it to one machine, in a backup policy you create a template with parameters of what to back up and can apply it to multiple machines

This article applies to:

  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server - Small Business Server Edition
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Workstation
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server - Virtual Edition

Description

(!) Backup policies are only available in the advanced editions of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10. See also Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Editions.

A backup plan is created by connecting to an Acronis Agent:

A backup policy is created by connecting to the Acronis Management Server:

A backup plan is a set of rules that specify how the given data (and what data explicitly) will be protected on a given machine. A backup plan can be applied only to one machine.

A backup policy is a template that contains the same rules as a backup plan, but might not explicitly specify what data items to back up. Instead, selection rules, such as environment variables, can be used. A backup policy can be applied to multiple machines.

A backup plan specifies:

  • what data to back up (e.g. partition C:\);
  • where to store the backup archive (e.g. in a managed vault);
  • a backup scheme that includes a backup schedule and [optionally] retention rules (e.g. back up once every month and delete backups older than 3 months);
  • [optionally] archive validation rules (e.g. validate the last backup only);
  • backup options (e.g. run pre and post backup commands).

The workflow of using a backup policy is as follows:

  • On Acronis Management Server you create a backup policy;
  • Then you apply the policy to a group of machines or a single machine;
  • The Acronis Management Server deploys the policy to the machines;
  • On each machine, the Acronis Agent installed on the machine finds data items using the selection rules. For example, if the selection rule is [All volumes], the entire machine will be backed up;
  • On each machine, the Acronis Agent installed on the machine creates a backup plan using other rules specified by the policy. Such backup plan is called a centralized plan;
  • On each machine, the Acronis Agent installed on the machine creates a set of centralized tasks that will carry out the plan.

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