Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 lets the administrator protect data and perform management operations on multiple machines. The administrator adds a machine to the management server using the machine’s name or IP address, imports machines from Active Directory, or from text files. Once a machine is registered on the management server, it becomes available for grouping, applying backup policies and monitoring the activities related to data protection.
To estimate whether the data is successfully protected on a managed machine, the management server administrator checks its status. A machine’s status is defined as the most severe status of all backup plans (both local and centralized) existing on the machine and all backup policies applied to the machine. It can be “OK”, “Warnings” or “Errors”.
The management server administrator has the ability to group machines. A machine can be a member of more than one group. One or more nested groups can be created inside any group created by the administrator.
Grouping helps organize data protection by the company departments, by the Active Directory domains or organizational units within a domain, by various populations of users, by the site locations, etc.
The main goal of grouping is protection of multiple machines with one policy. Once a machine appears in a group, the policy applied to the group is applied to the machine and the new tasks are created by the policy on the machine. Once a machine is removed from a group, the policy applied to the group will be revoked from the machine and the tasks created by the policy will be removed.
Built-in group – a group that always exists on a management server. The group cannot be deleted or renamed. A built-in group cannot include nested groups. A backup policy can be applied to a built-in group. The example of a built-in group is the All physical machines group, that contains all the machines registered on the management server.
Custom groups – groups created manually by the management server administrator.
To learn more about grouping machines, see the Grouping the registered machines section.
To learn more about how policies are applied to machines and groups, see the Policies on machines and groups section.
Way of working with machines
Way of working with groups