Activating Backups

A backup set must be activated for its automatically-scheduled backups to execute. backup sets must be activated individually. The Backup Activate page also includes an option for immediate execution of the backup set.

Activate Backup Page Overview

Overview Activate Backup Activate Backup lets you select backup sets to put in production (in other words, begin executing the backups as scheduled). You can also 'Deactivate' an already activated backup set. When a backup set is deactivated, ZMC does not execute backup runs associated with that backup set.

You can also trigger an Immediate Backup to be executed at any time. When an Immediate Backup is run, the Message Box contains a Hyper link to the Monitor page. Activate Backup Page

Activate Backup Procedure

If you come to the Backup Activate page as part of initial configuration of a backup set, that backup set is already selected. Otherwise make sure the correct backup set is displayed in the Change backup set dropdown.

Before activating a backup set, you should should verify (1)the installation (2) the server (3) the clients and (4) end-to-end test through the corresponding Verify pages. If these tasks have been carried out before, the Activate Checklist Verify' panel will have all the four check boxes checked. Activate Checklist Panel Ticked

Providing Feedback

The link at the bottom of the verification checkboxes takes you to a form on the Zmanda web site that lets you comment on the product and its documentation. These comments are used by Zmanda Engineering in planning enhancements for subsequent releases of the product.

Activating the Backup Set

If the verifications are successful, clicking Activate backup set activates the backup set and requires no further interaction.

Error Messages

  • Error messages, if any, will be displayed in the message box as shown below.

Error Messages

Success Message

  • Success is reported by a message "This backup set is already activated."
  • The label on the 'Activate Backup Process' Button turns to 'Deactivate' as is shown below in Fig 5.


Immediate Backup

  • Once a backup Set has been activated, an immediate backup can be taken at any stage by clicking the Immediate Backup Button (labeled No.2 in Fig2 above.)

Tip: You can also use the same button to immediately execute any previously activated backup set. Just select it from the drop down box at the top of the page and click Immediate Backup.


When an Immediate Backup is run, the message area contains a link to the Monitor page. Fig 6 Hyper Link to Monitor page

Verifying Backups

Once a backup set is activated, you may wish to monitor the server on the Monitor page, or go to the Reports page after a few backup runs have executed. It is a good practice to verify the integrity of completed backups using the Report->data integrity page, described here.