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Adding a task to run a backup

This screen includes Filters which are a powerful mechanism for controlling the way MSP N-central displays lists.

Adding a task to run a Backup performs disk-to-disk backups on selected devices using MSP N-central's Backup Manager feature.

To add a task to run a Backup

This procedure can only be performed at the SO or Customer-level.

  1. In the navigation pane, click Configuration > Security Manager > Profiles

    This feature may also be accessed through the Actions menu.

  2. Click Add in the Scheduled Tasks screen.
  3. Select Run a Backup Task from the Scheduled Task Type list.
  4. Type a descriptive Task Name in the Run a Backup Task screen by which to identify the task.
  5. Select the security Credentials of the account that will be used to perform the backup from one of the following:
    • Use device credentials: The User Name and Password already configured for the selected devices that will be backed up.
    • Custom credentials: An administrator-level User Name and Password that can be configured for use by the task.

Backup Configuration

  1. Select the Backup Type that you want the task to perform from one of the following:
    • Full Backup: Initiates a Full Backup of the entire computer or volumes that are selected.
    • Incremental Backup: Initiates an Incremental Backup of the selected computers which backs up only those data blocks that have changed since the previous backup.
    • Verify Backup: Initiates a Verify Backup of selected computers by examining the most recent backup of each individual data block and comparing the content and information to the original source. This comparison verifies that the latest backed up data blocks represent the corresponding information at the source. If the backup image for any block does not match the source, Backup Manager will refresh (re-synchronize) the backup of the data block that does not match.


  1. Select one of the following tabs to restrict the list of devices on which you want to perform a security scan:
    • By Filter Only
    • By Device Only
    • By Filter & Device
  2. In the respective tabs, perform the following:
    1. Select the filters to be applied in the Filters Found column and move them to the Selected Filters column by clicking >.
    2. Select the devices on which you want to perform a security scan in the Devices Found column and move them to the Selected Devices column.

You can use the Filter By drop-down menu to decrease the number of devices displayed.


  1. Select the schedule Type from one of the following:
    1. Now to have the task performed immediately.
    2. Once to have the task performed at a specified time. This will require selecting a Start Date and Start Time when the task will be performed.
  2. Select the Execution Window to define whether the task should be run only at the specified time or if it can be run as soon as possible if the device is offline. If the device is offline at the original scheduled time, type the number of days after the scheduled time that attempts can continue to be made to run the task.


  1. Under Notify On, select whether a notification should be sent based on one of the following:
    • Success
    • Failure
  2. Select Send task output file in Email to attach the output file (if available) to the email notification.
  3. Select the Recipients to receive the notification and click Save.