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  • You are logged on to the database as the database system administrator or as a DBM operator with server authorization for performing backups.

    For more information, see Glossary, Server Permission.

  • You have defined a backup template.

    For more information, see Defining Backup Templates.


  1. Select the database in the explorer tree.

  2. In the context menu of the database, choose Administration.

  3. Open the Backup tab page.

  4. Expand Templates.

  5. Choose Edit.

  6. Change the properties of the backup template.

    Backup Template Properties




    The name of the backup template has no influence on the name of the backup created later using this backup template.

    Backup Type

    • Complete data backup

    • Incremental data backup

    • Log backup

    Device Type

    Data carrier type

    • File

    • Tape

    • Pipe

      Note Note

      For automatic log backups, you cannot use pipes.

      End of the note.

    Backup Tool

    Only if you are using a third-party backup tool

    Specify the backup tool:

    • BACK: Backint for Oracle or Backint for MaxDB

    • NSR: Networker

    • TSM: TSM

    More information: Database Administration, Using Third-Party Backup Tools


    Depending on the backup type enter the required information:

    • Name of the tape device in the operating system

    • Path and file name of the file in the file system

      Caution Caution

      If you do not enter a full path here, the system stores your backup in the run directory of the database.

      More information: Glossary, Run Directory

      End of the caution.
    • Path and name of the pipe

    We recommend that you do not use the same data carrier for several databases.

    For log backups to files, the system adds a sequence number to the name of each new backup file. It assigns the numbers sequentially as long as the history of the log backups is not interrupted. If the log backup history is interrupted (for example after the database was initialized), the system starts numbering at 001 again.

    It also uses sequential numbers if you carry out multiple log backups for one database onto different data carriers, and thus to files with different file names.

    Example Example






    End of the example.

    If automatic log backup is switched on, the system stores all backup files under the same file name using a sequence number.

    Example Example






    End of the example.

    You can also back up to data carriers on remote computers. More information: Database Administration, Backing Up and Restoring Data with Remote Computers


    There is no size restriction in default mode.

    The size of log backups to files is calculated as the size of a log segment (general database parameter AutoLogBackupSize) plus the space required by system information.

    More information: Database Administration, General Database Parameters


    For backup templates of the FILE and PIPE types only

    Specifies whether the backup is compressed


    For backup templates of the FILE type only

    Specifies whether the backup file can be overwritten

    We recommend that you do not overwrite a backup with the backup that immediately follows it. Always keep an older version of the backup.

    Block Size

    Block size that the system uses to write backups to the data carrier.


    Select this option if you want to use a tape device with an automatic tape loader.

    OS Command

    For backup templates fo the TAPE type only

    Operating system command for backing up to tape devices


    Prerequisites: license for SAP Cryptolib (only available in SAP systems), private-public key pair has been created using sapgenpse

    • Algorithm

      Available encryption algorythms: DES, AES

    • Owner

      Private key owner (see X.509 certificate)

    For more information, see Encryption.

More Information

Database Administration, Backup Templates and Data Carriers