Creating Custom Backup Schedules

Abe Bro
Abe Bro
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Setting a schedule for your backup is a crucial component, as the schedule tells Backup Radar when to expect the report or notification for a specific backup job. This allows you to clearly identify when a backup is missing (also known as a No Result).

By default, your activated backups will be set on a daily schedule. Follow the steps below to create your own custom schedules and assign them to your backups.

Who can use this feature?
• Administrator users.
• Standard users (who have been granted access).
 

Creating a New Schedule

Follow the steps below to create a new schedule in Backup Radar.

  1. In your Backup Radar account, click Manage > Schedules.
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  2. Click the Create Schedule button.
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  3. Configure the following fields (your schedule details should match the days on which your backup runs):
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    a. Name (required).
    b. Description (required).
    c. Days of Week (if applicable).
    d. Months (if applicable).
    e. Days of Month (if applicable).
    f. Every 'x' days (if applicable).
    Note: If you would like Backup Radar to assume all possible options in a field are selected, you can do this by either leaving the field blank (which can be done for all fields except the Months field) or clicking the check box to the right of the field. 

Creating a Unique Schedule

In most cases, backups run on a daily or weekly basis and you can simply set your backup's schedule to match in Backup Radar. However, some backups are scheduled more uniquely to occur on a specific cadence. For example, some backups may run on the third Friday of the month.

See below for some examples of unique schedules. You can use variations of these techniques to set up your own unique schedule cadences.

First Monday of Every Month

First Monday of Every Month

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a. Days of Week: Choose Monday (or any other desired day of the week).
b. Months: To select all months, either leave this field blank or check the box to the right of the Months field.
c. Days of Month: Select Days 1-7.
This tells Backup Radar you only expect this backup to run on Mondays that fall within the first 7 days of the month.

Third Friday of Every Month

Third Friday of Every Month

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a. Days of Week: Choose Friday.
b. Months: To select all months, either leave this field blank or check the box to the right of the Months field.
c. Days of Month: Select Days 15-21.
Because the third Friday of a month can only fall within the 15th and 21st of a month, these settings will capture all occurrences of the third Friday of the month. Adjust this technique accordingly for other days of the week.

Last Saturday of Every Month

Last Saturday of Every Month

  1. First, we'll create a schedule specifically for February since it is a unique month with 28 days.
    Last Saturday of the Month (February).png
    a. Days of Week: Choose Saturday (or any other desired day of the week).
    b. Months: Choose February.
    c. Days of Month: Choose days 22-28.

    Click Create. This tells Backup Radar to only expect results on the final Saturday of February.

  2. Next, we'll create a schedule for 30-day months.
    Last Saturday of the Month (30-Day Months).png
    a. Days of Week: Choose Saturday (or any other desired day of the week).
    b. Months: Choose April, June, September, and November.
    c. Days of Month: Choose days 24-30.

    Click Create. This tells Backup Radar to only expect results on the final Saturday of April, June, September, and November.

  3. Finally, we'll create a schedule for 31-day months.
    Last Saturday of the Month (31-Day Months).png

    a. Days of Week: Choose Saturday (or any other desired day of the week).
    b. Months: Choose January, March, May, July, August, October, December.
    c. Days of Month: Choose days 25-31.

    Click Create. This tells Backup Radar to only expect results on the final Saturday of January, March, May, July, August, October, and December.

 

Every X Number of Days

Every X Number of Days

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a. Every 'x' days: Choose 2 (or any other desired number of days).
Note: Backup Radar will expect this backup to run every X days, starting on the First Date you choose when assigning this schedule to a backup.


What's next?

Now that you've created your schedule, continue to the next section to assign it to your backup.

Assigning a Schedule

Follow the steps below to assign a schedule to a backup in Backup Radar. Note: Schedules can also be assigned to backups during the backup activation process (see Activating your Backups for more information).

  1. In your Backup Radar account, click Manage > Edit Backups.
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  2. Select the backup job you would like to assign a schedule to and click Bulk Edit.
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  3. Select the Configuration tab.
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  4. In the Schedules field, remove the current schedule by clicking the X.
    Note: When editing backups in bulk, you will not have the option to remove the schedule. The system will overwrite the backups you selected with the schedule you choose. 
    Remove the Current Schedule.png

  5. Select your new schedule from the Schedules drop-down menu.
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  6. Click on the schedule to edit your date range.
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  7. Under First Date, click the calendar icon and then choose the date when your backups first started coming through, and click Save. This will ensure that you don't lose your history.
    Note: In templates, you will not have the ability to modify the First Date.
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  8. Under Last Date, only choose a date if you know when this backup will be retired from your system.

  9. Once saved, your modified schedule will be available on the schedule list with the default options. You may need to refresh your page to see it.

Any questions? Reach out to our friendly, neighborhood support team by submitting a support ticket.

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