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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.

More information: Glossary, Server Permission


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

  2. Open the Backup tab page.

  3. Expand Templates.

  4. Choose Edit.

  5. 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

    Backup Tool

    If you are using a backup tool from a third-party provider, specify the abbreviation for your backup tool:

    • BACK: Backint for Oracle/Backint for MaxDB

    • NSR: Networker

    • TSM: TSM

    More information: Database Administration, Using Backup Tools from Other Providers


    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

    • 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 begins 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






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

    Example Example






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    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


    If you want to back up to a file and use this file more than once, define the backup template so that the data carrier can be overwritten. If you use this type of backup template for backups, the system overwrites old backups with new backups.

    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

    Operating system commands for backing up to tape devices.

More Information

Database Administration, Backup Templates and Data Carriers