After the disaster recovery asset is discovered in PowerProtect Data Manager, you can create a file system protection policy and configure it to back up the disaster recovery asset. A disaster recovery protection policy should contain objects to be backed up, which include critical volumes and system state recovery files.
Windows disaster recovery backup policy configuration options
The disaster recovery policy configuration options are shown as follows:
Figure 3. Disaster recovery options
- Backup system state files only: Performs a backup of system state files only. By default, this checkbox is not selected, and bare-metal recovery (BMR) data is backed up.
Note: If the policy is configured with this option, you can only perform a system-state recovery (SSR), and the backed-up data will only contain SSR information. BMR with WinPE is not possible.
- Ignore missing system state files: Missing Windows system state files are reported as errors, and the backup fails, reporting the files as missing. This option is selected by default.
- Exclude non-critical dynamic disks: If any volume of a dynamic disk pack is critical, all volumes in the dynamic disk pack are considered critical. By default, this option is not selected, and noncritical dynamic disks are included in the backup data. To avoid the creation of large system state files, select this option to exclude non-critical dynamic disks from the backup data.
- Ignore third-party services when identifying critical volumes: When a Windows service or application is installed on an otherwise non-critical disk, that disk is considered critical. By default, this option is not selected, and the backup includes the disks on which a Windows service or application is installed. To avoid the creation of large system state files, select this option.
You can view the progress of the policy creation at Jobs > System Jobs.