Data Director backup templates contain backup settings that use a combination of methods to safeguard data, provide consistent database backups, and enforce limits on resource consumption. You can use the default backup template settings or adjust the settings to suit your business requirements.

Each database backup template contains settings for snapshot backups, external backups, and point-in-time recovery.

Frequency

How often to take backups. Settings are every 12 hours, daily, weekly, monthly, or never.

Start time

Automatic means the system controls the backup start time. If you specify a start time, each external backup will be initiated within two hours of the target start time depending on system load.

Retention

How long to keep the external backup. Retention time settings are 1 day, 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, 6 months, or 1 year.

Frequency

How often to take backups. Settings are every 4, 8, 12, or 24 hours, or never.

Start time

Automatic means the system controls the backup start time. If you specify a start time, each snapshot backup will be initiated within 10 minutes of the target start time depending on system load.

Retention

Select how long to keep the snapshot backup, or select how many copies of snapshot backups to keep.

You can retain snapshot backups for 4, 8, 12, 24, or 48 hours.

The number of copies of snapshot backups that you can keep varies according to the Frequency setting. You can keep from one copy up to as many copies of snapshot backups as are taken in a 24-hour period.

Snapshot Backup Copies to Keep per Backup Frequency Setting

Take Snapshot Backups Every....

Copies to Keep

4 hours

1-12 copies

8 hours

1-6 copies

12 hours

1-4 copies

24 hours

1-2 copies

Enabled or disabled

Enable point-in-time recovery to continuously record each change to the database in a write-ahead log (WAL) while the database is running. In the event of a failure, you can replay the WAL to restore the database to its state at a point in time within the retention period of the database backups.

Recommended point-in-time recovery storage allocation

The recommended storage amount is based on the database size and storage allocation. You can accept the recommendation or enter a different amount.

If storage runs out

Select whether to suspend the database or adjust the point-in-time WAL retention period.

The backup label can be any text that helps you identify the backup. The format is backup label-yyyy:mm:dd:hh:mm:ss-dbname.