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Exclude files from backup for Small Business

Who is this article for?

Code42 for EnterpriseSee product plans and features
CrashPlan for Small Business 

CrashPlan for Small Business, yes.

Code42 for Enterprise, no.

Link: Product plans and features.

This article applies to Small Business.

Overview

This article provides a high-level overview of the ways end users and administrators can exclude files from backups in CrashPlan for Small Business. You may want to exclude files from backups for many reasons, such as to ensure you back up only high-value files, to reduce network traffic, and to keep archive size manageable.

Exclude files using the Code42 app

Users of the Code42 app can exclude files from backups with the following methods:

  • Manage files
    Excludes all files that are not selected for backup.
  • File exclusions
    Excludes file types from backup such as mp3 and wmv.

Manage files

Users of the Code42 app use the Manage Files view to select files for backup. Any files not selected are excluded from backup. For more information, see Change the file selection.

  1. In the Code42 app, click Manage Files. 
  2. Select only those files you want to back up. Any files you do not select are excluded from backup.
  3. To remove previously-selected files from backup:
    1. Navigate to the drive, folder, or files that you want to remove, then deselect the check box next to any item you want to delete from your backup.
    2. Click Save.
      If you deselected any files or folders, the Delete Files from Backup warning displays.
    3. If applicable, select I understand to confirm you want to delete deselected files from your backup.
    4. If applicable, select Delete.

File exclusions

Users of the Code42 app use the File Exclusions setting to specify file types to exclude from backup, for example, mp3, wmv, etc. For more information, see Exclude or filter files using file type and regular expressions (regex).

You can also set filename exclusions in the administration console

  1. In the Code42 app, choose Settings button in the upper-right corner.
  2. In the Device Preferences pane, choose Backup Sets.
  3. To the right of File Exclusions, click Change.
    The File Exclusions dialog appears.
    File exclusions in the Code42 app
  4. To exclude file types, type the file extensions in the provided field and click Add.
    Select Use regular expression to exclude files using regular expressions.
  5. Click Save.

Exclude files using the administration console

CrashPlan for Small Business administrators can exclude files from backups using the following methods.

File selection

You can use the File selection pane to specify files and directories to exclude from backup. 

  1. Choose Settings > Device Backup.
  2. Choose the Backup tab.
  3. Navigate to File selection.
    File selection pane
  4. In the Excluded files field, add file names and directories that should be excluded from backups.
    In addition to adding file names and directories, you can also use substitution variables.
  5. Push Push button the setting to devices.

Filename exclusions

You can use the Filename exclusions pane to specify file types to exclude from backup, for example, mp3, wmv, etc. 

  1. Choose Settings > Device Backup.
  2. Choose the Backup tab.
  3. Navigate to Filename exclusions.
    Filename exclusions pane
  4. Choose the platform for which you want to set the exclusion.
  5. Choose Regular Expression if you want to add exclusions using regular expressions.
  6. In the field provided, enter the file types to exclude, for example, mp3, avi, etc., or enter regular expressions for file types.
    You can also use choose Import to import a text file to add to the list of exclusions, or choose Export to export the existing list of exclusions so you can edit it and then import it.
  7. Push Push button the setting to devices.