Policies

Use policies to define your backup or snapshot jobs such as the start time, frequency, retention days, and the SafeLock protection.

Restriction: The Free Service Plan limits the retention periods for up to 30 days. In other Service Plans, you can use longer retention periods as well as the unlimited retention period option that reserves backups and snapshots permanently.

From the menu bar, click Configuration > Policies in the Protection section.

See also

You can use policies in the following tasks:

For information about SafeLock, see SafeLock.

Adding a policy

Take the following steps to create a new policy:

  1. In the policies page, click Add policy+.

  2. In the schedule section, choose one of the following schedule types: Hourly, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Custom. You can add multiple schedules from different schedule patterns. For each schedule, you can enable or disable the SafeLock protection option.

    Hourly

    Specify how often and when you want to run the scheduled backup or snapshot jobs that are associated with this policy. For example, to schedule the backup or snapshot jobs for every 1 hour at 30 minutes, the job runs every day at 12:30 AM, 1:30 AM, and so on, until 11:30 PM.

    Daily

    Specify how often and what time of the day you want to run the scheduled backup or snapshot jobs. In this step, you must specify the time zone. For example, you can schedule the backup or snapshot jobs for every other day at 5:30 PM in the America/New_York time zone, that is, US Eastern Time.

    Weekly

    Specify what days you and what time you want to run. For example, you can schedule the backup or snapshot jobs for Monday through Friday at 8:00 AM US Eastern Time.

    Monthly

    Schedule backup or snapshot jobs for every month or every few months, on a specific day. For example, you can schedule your backup or snapshot jobs for every month, on the 5th day, that is, January 5, February 5, March 5, and so on; and these jobs start at 12:30 AM US Eastern Time on these days.

    Custom

    Schedule backup or snapshot jobs with more complex patterns by using the cron expression. For example, assume that you want to run backup or restore jobs 15 minutes after every hour between 8 AM and 6PM US Eastern Time; that is, run the backup or restore jobs at 8:15 AM, 9:15 AM, and so on, until 5:15 PM. In this case, you can express this schedule pattern in cron expression: 15 8-17 * * 1-5.

    In addition, you can specify the retention period for each schedule. For example, if you specify 30 days, your backups or snapshots will be reserved for up to 30 days. Any backups or snapshots that are older than the retention period will be purged automatically.

    Click Create policy.

Ensure that you can see the new policy in the list.

SafeLock

You can enable SafeLock for each security policy schedule or recovery point. Any backup that was created by a policy with SafeLock cannot be deleted until the backup exceeds the retention period and gets purged automatically. Retention times for recover points that have SafeLock enabled can be increased, but not decreased.

SafeLock prevents attackers, malware, rogue software, or rogue users from deleting critical backups. This can be useful for legal holds or mitigating damages by ransomware.

Restrictions:

  • SafeLock is only available for backups targeted at CloudCasa Managed Storage.

  • SafeLock is not available in the Free Service Plan.