Exclude files from a Simplified Disaster Recovery (SDR) backup in Backup Exec 2012


Simplified Disaster Recovery (SDR) works with Backup Exec when you run backup jobs that include all critical system component selections. For each computer that you protect with this type of backup job, Backup Exec creates a disaster recovery information file for that computer. A disaster recovery information file contains computer-specific information for the computer being backed up. Computer-specific information includes details such as hard disk layout, storage drivers, network drivers, and system version details. It also includes Backup Exec catalog details such as backup set information and recovery point details. Each disaster information recovery file uses the file name <computer_name>.DR.
If you uncheck files/folders from a critical resource, the green light for SDR goes off and no .DR file is create for the backup. Sometimes you might want to exclude files/folders which are temporary for example. Following registry change will allow excluding files from a SDR backup. 
Here is an example of the registry key. If files from E: were to be excluded, create a new key called "User-Defined Exclusion Resources". Under this key create another empty key called "E:". 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec For Windows\Backup Exec\Engine\Simplified System Protection\User-Defined Exclusion Resources\E:]

Where is this registery? On the media server or the server that we backup?


It needs to be done on the computer being backed up

Thanks Jaydeep, I think that this should be done through the GUI, as most people have some folder that could be excluded from the local drives. So far in order to have the green light next to SDR, you must select all content of local drives. It's useful to have this option but a bit complicated way to do it.


Ziv Shadar

Thank you for the post but would you mind expanding on it?

I have two folders I would like to exclude from the SDR:



Can you give me a detailed view of what the registry of the server would look like? Once the registry is configured, am I then able to exclude them from the job and retain the green dot  or do I have the job configured to select all and then expect the registry entry to handle the exclusion?

It is unclear to me if the exclusion themselves are put in the registry.

Thanks so much.



I also agree that this really should be in the GUI.

Unfortunately, it does not work from the GUI at the moment but it would be nice if you could submitt in the ideas section of the forum.

It would certainly be considered if feasible or expained if cant be done.

Would you mind clarifying the registry entries? Again, I need to exclude C:\RecoveryBin What would this look like in the registry?

Not sure what Recoverybin is - but a lot of things that don't need to be backed up (such as Recycle Bin, Windows Swap files etc) are automatically excluded by Backup Exec as part of Active File Exclusion meaning you don't have to create exclusions for them.

Other than that however You MUST backup all of C: as that is a critical volume in loads of ways, the exclusion key discussed above is really for anything but the C: drive

Colin, your response is obnoxious.  You didn't answer a legitimate question.  

It is unclear has to how someone would account for two folders to be excluded.  

Furthermore, while C: is important, there are definately situatiuons where you might want to exclude folders from C:. For instance C:\users\%username%\downloads  I do not need to backup the downloads folder.  We have limited storage space on our backup devices and clutering it with uneeded content is unacceptable. 

In my particular case, and with regard to the original question that you did not answer.  I need to exclude two folder on the D: drive. D:\tech and D:\virtual machines.  So to repeat - "What would this look like in the registry?"

Was this ever resolved?

In a Peachtree issue, I found that I need to exclude several files in a Peachtree_Data folder but need to maintain backup of folders in the same directory.  Example:

d:\Peachtree_Data\Data1Folder - Yes

d:\Peachtree_Data\Data2Folder - Yes

d:\Peachtree_Data\Data3Folder - Yes

d:\Peachtree_Data\Data1.fil - No

d:\Peachtree_Data\Data2.fil - No

These files are the actual Peachtree form of a database where the folders contain the actual data.  Backup exec will backup these files but it causes a corruption in a process which leads to a memory leak and eventual crash of the Peachtree software.

If I exclude the files, the SDR turns off.  I don't mind having to re-install Peachtree to use the restored Data Files. But need to do something to keep peachtree from crashing.

How could I use above in this case?


I think there might be a misunderstanding of the above registry key.

The registrykey ist NOT an exklusionlist of files and folders. Rather than it is a list of volumes where the green light should stay on even if You deselect files and folders.


For example:

If You enter "E:" in the registrykey that means: The green SDR light does not turn of when You deselect files and folders from Drive E:

Greetings, Andy.

extra info:

if you debug beremote (on the server that believes the a driver other then C: is critical to SDR), then restart the beremote service and atttempt to make a backup selection, then the debug will capture something similar to

[4568] 2014-11-28T10:03:23.125                      - Critical System Service:'SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vcdrom' - Start Type:'1' - Volume Path:'\??\H:\Software\Utils\MountCD\VCdRom.sys' in 'CCriticalResource:Smiley Very HappyetermineCriticalServices:2091'


Note this debug line actually came from a BE2012 test server where the H: drive was turning off the SDR light, analyzing the log showed my that a driver had been started from the H: drive that was the cause.


Bear in mind there will be a lot of debug lines like this (even multiple lines for the same volume if there is more than one critical reason on the volume) the affecting lines are all listed in 4 sections (which can be used to start your analysis) called:

Identifying Critical System Volume

Identifying Critical Boot Volume

Identifying Critical System Services

Identifying Critical VSS System Services


This info should, help identify why a drive other than C: might be listed as critical to SDR

I would like an explanation from you.

I have use your tips to avoid backuping some files on d: drive and having green Simplified Recovering icon. Unfortunately when  I for testing purposes tried to restore this server in my backup premises I was not able to do this.

When I choose a server to fully restore there was no "Point-in-time" backup to choose.

In my premises on my main backup server I'm able to restore fully the server even if d: drives is deselected but in my backup premises I'm not.

In both places I have different backup servers.


Please help