Protect the database or instance and its logs

After the backup plan is configured as detailed in Manage backup templates, you can configure a backup method for the database or instance.

Microsoft SQL server, Oracle, and SAP HANA databases each have their own documentation. These other supported database types share many procedures.

The following are the other supported database types:

Protect a database or a database instance

Db2 database instance protection can be done from either the primary node or from HADR nodes. To protect from a Db2 HADR node, the node must be read-enabled. Ensure that the parameter DB2_HADR_ROS=ON is set.

When an SAP ASE database is protected with Full+Incremental based backup, the source and target databases must use the same character set or sort order for a successful restore. For details refer to SAP Note: 1860413 - How to change character set or sort order of SAP ASE.

To protect the database or database instance, complete the following:

  1. Click App Manager > Applications, right-click the instance and select Manage Backup Plan.

  2. On the Manage Backup Plan page, select a template and a resource profile, then click Apply Backup Plan.

  3. Click Details & Settings. On the Details & Settings page, make sure that the backup capture method matches the type of backup set in Manage backup templates. Click Apply backup plan or Save Changes. The instance appears in the App Manager with a green shield icon.

    The instance is protected when the snapshot job succeeds according to the schedule in the template.

  4. If you are protecting an instance, then you can include or exclude specific databases during backup. From the App Manager, select the instance. You can use the checkboxes on the left to filter the list. Select Manage backup plan.

  5. Under Database Inclusion Rule, click Edit. If you do not see the Database Inclusion settings, you have selected a database, not an instance.

  6. Select an Inclusion RuleInclude All, Include Selected, or Exclude Selected—and then select the databases to include or exclude, then click Save.

Protect database logs

To enable and set up database log backup, follow these steps:

  1. From the Backup Plans Templates page, right-click the template for instance protection and click Edit.

  2. Click the arrow beside the snapshot policy to open up the details, then click Edit Policy.

  3. Near the bottom, select Advanced Policy Settings.

  4. Set the log policy options—you have to scroll to see them all:

    • Enable Truncate/Purge log after backup.

    • Set Enable Database Log Backup to Yes.

    • For RPO (Minutes), when Enable Database Log Backup is set to Yes, RPO defines the frequency for database log backup. Frequency is set in minutes and must not exceed the database backup interval. The smallest value that can be set is 15 minutes.

    • Set Log Backup Retention Period (in Days) for point in time recovery.

    • Set Replicate Logs (Uses StreamSnap Technology) to Yes if you want to enable StreamSnap replication of log backup to a DR site.

    • Set Send Logs to OnVault Pool to Yes if you want the database logs to be sent to an OnVault pool, enabling for point-in-time recoveries from OnVault on another site.

  5. Click Save Changes.

  6. From the App Manager Applications list, select the Db2 instance. You can use checkboxes on the left to filter the list. Right-click it and select Manage Backup Plans.

  7. At the top of the screen, select Details & Settings.

  8. Set the Retention of Production DB Logs in days. This value is used to purge the logs from the production destination. Based on this setting the logs are purged if they are older then the number of days specified. If the default value is zero day, then all logs prior to last log backups are purged.

  9. Click Save.

What's next

Your databases and instances back up on the schedules set in their backup plans. To review and report on Backup and DR activity, you can view the management console dashboard and examine the reports in the report manager.

Read About the Backup and DR report manager.