Feel free to substitute ClassA to be ‘management’, ‘the bosses’, whatever. ClassB to be ‘normal workers’, ‘plebeian’, etc.
I’m trying to do it by using the ‘Separate settings for this client’ facility, but it doesn’t appear to be working. Under General Settings, I’ve got ‘Do not do image backups’ checked, and on a particular client, I have ‘do image backup’ checked. Do I have to enable image backups for all, then uncheck all ClassB? That seems fiddly when adding new client machines. Any constructive thoughts are welcome.
I think it would be great to see group backup policies added to UrBackup, I second this for a future enhancement.
As for a current solution…
From my experience this will prevent UrBackup from doing image backups on any client whatsoever, so this needs to be unchecked.
Which version of the server are you running 1.3.x? It has an option in the web interface to disable image backups for each separate client (a little fiddly yes but works).
Its under the “Image backup” tab with the "separate settings for this client’ selected.
Basically in general settings set the “Interval for incremental image backups” & “Interval for full image backups” to a negative value (eg -1) to disable the image backups at a global level. You should
then be able to override your 5 clients who want image backups in the individual settings.
Hope this helps
Edit: seems this might not work in current 1.3.2 version, but might be worth testing.
in ‘general’, ‘image backups’ tab, set ‘Interval for incremental image backups’ to disabled. Save.
in ‘general’, ‘image backups’ tab, set ‘Interval for full image backups’ to disabled. Save.
in ‘general’, ‘server’ tab, uncheck ‘Do not do image backups’. This allows image backups to be done again. Save.
back in ‘general’, ‘image backups’ tab, set all the following options to the given values just for good measure:
– Maximal number of incremental image backups: 0
– Minimal number of incremental image backups: 0
– Maximal number of full image backups: 0
– Minimal number of full image backups: 0
– Volumes to backup: (set to blank)
break out particular client (go to client name in dropdown, check ‘Separate settings for this client’)
go to ‘image backups’ tab and set the following as appropriate. The following are my settings. We only have 5TB of data for 50 people who create prodigious amounts of content… I’m OK with a 2 full images and 4 incremental images per high-value laptop:
– Interval for incremental image backups: 7 – leave ‘Disable’ UNCHECKED
– Interval for full image backups: 30 – leave ‘Disable’ UNCHECKED
– Maximal number of incremental image backups: 4
– Minimal number of incremental image backups: 1
– Maximal number of full image backups: 2
– Minimal number of full image backups: 1
– Volumes to backup: C
This seems to be backing up only the high-value laptops so far. I will update this post if Bad Things Happen…
Ahhhh. So perhaps, since VHDs are not cordoned off in a subdirectory that I can mark as ‘‘don’t compress’’, I’d have to NTFS uncompress the ClassA users. This is assuming I’d like to continue to reap the benefits (!?) of NTFS compression for the file-based backups for ClassB users.
Further, I hope the 1.4 change is optional. One of the benefits of urBackup is being able to mount the VHD and pull things out of it. Up until this point, we’ve used clonezilla to do images, but you can’t walk said images. It makes it too difficult to grab data out of them. When I know I have a need to do things like that, I sometimes use things like macrium which will allow you to mount the compressed file as a drive. But that’d just be a wishlist item.