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You can access all of the functions you need to manage your Disk Safes by clicking Settings and then Disk Safes in the Main Menu. You also can access the Disk Safes area directly by adding /DiskSafe/ to the Backup Manager address in your Web browser address bar, such as Note that this address is case sensitive.

From the Disk Safes screen, you can:

  • Add a new Disk Safe by clicking the + New Disk Safe button.
  • Attach an existing Disk Safe by clicking the Attach Existing Disk Safe button.
  • Click the Actions icon to display a list of actions that can be completed directly from the Disk Safes screen.
  • Search for specific Disk Safes or filter the displayed Disk Safes using advanced search criteria.
  • View a list of the Disk Safes added to the system.
  • Click a Disk Safe's corresponding > icon to access additional details for a specific Disk Safe without leaving the Disk Safes page.
  • Use simple, one-step navigation to access other areas of Server Backup Manager from the Main Menu.

Using the Disk Safes page

The options in the Disk Safes page allow you to:

  • Create new Disk Safe. Allows you to add a new Disk Safe to the system. After clicking the + New Disk Safe button, define the Disk Safe properties including the associated devices. For more information about adding a new Disk Safe, see Create Disk Safes.
  • Attach existing Disk Safe. Allows you to attach a Disk Safe that exists in the system. Use this option when you want to copy or move a Disk Safe folder from another protected machine. For more information about attaching an existing Disk Safe, see Attach Disk Safes.
  • Perform a basic search. You can perform a basic search for any of the Disk Safes on your system by entering the search criteria in the Search field and clicking the Search button.
  • Apply advanced filters to the Disk Safes listYou can further customize the view of the Disk Safes list and apply all possible advanced filter criteria.
  • Clear all filters. Appears only when an advanced filter is in use. Allows you to cancel filter settings and shows all records in the Disk Safes list.

Using the Disk Safes list

SBM displays all of the Disk Safes in your system in a list on the Disk Safes window. Click the corresponding > icon for a Disk Safe to view additional details in the Details pane.

If you have many Disk Safes in your Server Backup Manager environment, you can use the paging feature to quickly access specific Disk Safes. Use the Prev and Next buttons to page forward and backward, or click the First and Last buttons to jump to the first page or last page. You can also type the number of items you want to view per page in the Items Per Page field, and then press <Enter>. The maximum number of items per page is 25.

Understanding the Disk Safes list columns

Column Name Description
Checkbox Allows you to select several Disk Safes at once.
State Displays the current Disk Safe status. If the icon is green, the Disk Safe is open. The red icon displays for closed Disk Safes.
Name Displays the name of the Disk Safe.
Machine Name Displays the name of the protected machine.
Volume Name Displays the associated volume name if the Disk Safe is assigned to the volume.
Recovery Points Displays the number of recovery points in the Disk Safe. For more information about recovery points, see Manage recovery points.
On Disk Size Displays the disk space occupied by the Disk Safe.
Deltas Displays the disk space occupied by the deltas.
Fragmentation Ratio Displays the ratio of On-Disk Size to size of deltas. The amount is rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if the on-disk size is 500 GB and the delta size is 249 GB, the ratio displayed is 2. If the ratio displayed is 3 or greater, the user may consider vacuuming.
Actions Allows you to manage the corresponding Disk Safe. These options include:
  • Open Recovery Points. Displays a list of recovery points for the Disk Safe in the Recovery Points window.
  • Edit Disk Safe. Allows you to make changes to the associated Disk Safe using the Properties window. For more information about editing a Disk Safe, see Edit Disk Safes.
  • Vacuum. Enables you to reduce the on-disk size. This may also increase the internal fragmentation and make the Disk Safe slower in the future. For more information about vacuuming a Disk Safe, see Vacuum Disk Safes.
  • Detach Disk Safe. Detaching a Disk Safe will delete all configured tasks and historical task information, but the Disk Safe and all backed-up data will remain on the disk. For more information about detaching a Disk Safe, see Detach Disk Safes.
  • Close. Allows you to disable the Disk Safe. You need to close the Disk Safe before removing it. For more information about closing a Disk Safe, see Close Disk Safes.
  • Delete Disk Safe. Deleting a Disk Safe will remove all recovery points and stored data for all devices associated with the Disk Safe. For more information about deleting a Disk Safe, see Delete Disk Safes.

List buttons

The buttons at the top of the Disk Safes list allow you to work with one or several items selected in the Disk Safes list. You must select the check boxes for the items you want to manage before clicking on one of the following buttons:

  • Edit Selected. Allows you to edit the properties of several selected Disk Safes at once. The items can be selected by selecting the appropriate check boxes. See Edit Disk Safes.
  • Vacuum Selected. Once one or several closed Disk Safes are checked in the list, this button allows you to reduce the on-disk size. See Vacuum Disk Safes.
  • Open Selected. Once one or several closed Disk Safes are checked in the list, this button allows you to open the selected Disk Safes. See Attach Disk Safes.
  • Close Selected. Once one or several open Disk Safes are checked in the list, this button allows you to close the selected Disk Safes. See Close Disk Safes.
  • Detach Selected. Once one or several closed Disk Safes are checked in the list, this button allows you to detach the Disk Safe configuration from this Backup Manager. See Detach Disk Safes.

Using the Details pane

This pane provides detailed information about the objects associated with the Disk Safe selected in the list. The following tabs are available:

  • Settings
  • Data Settings
  • Devices
  • Limits
  • Statistics

Settings Tab


  • State - Indicates if the Disk Safe is open or closed
  • Name - The name of the Disk Safes is shown. The name is defined during Disk Safe creation. It can be edited later. It is used to identify the Disk Safe in the list.
  • GUID - Globally Unique Identifier generated by the system
  • Server - The name of the Server
  • Volume - The Volume that includes the Disk Safe
  • Path - Path where the Disk Safe is physically located, e.g., C:\Disk_Safe
  • Automatically add new devices - This option will automatically add all available devices to the Disk Safe. Uncheck the check-box to select the devices you want to add to the Disk Safe.
  • Protect Storage Configuration - This option allows you to back up partition tables.

Data Settings Tab


  • Compression Type - The compression level set for the Disk Safe. Possible values: "ZLib Low," "ZLib Medium," "ZLib High," "QuickLZ," and "NONE."
  • Encryption Type - You can assign an AES 256-Bit encryption to the Disk Safe. In that case, you will be asked to create a password. If you choose to encrypt a Disk Safe, the password must be supplied to do any of the following: browse files, browse Control Panel users, browse databases, and initiate BMR.

Devices Tab

Assigned Devices and information about them. Read more in Manage devices.

Limits Tab

  • File Excludes - Indicates whether File Excludes and Advanced Excludes are allowed on the Disk Safe
  • Archiving - Indicates whether Archiving is allowed on the Disk Safe
  • Control Panels - Indicates whether Control Panels are enabled or disabled on the Disk Safe
  • Databases Backups - Indicates whether SQL, MySQL, or Exchange databases are allowed on the Disk Safe
  • Replication Limit - Shows the Replication Limit
Data Retention
  • Recovery Point Limit - The maximum number of Recovery Points that can be stored in the Disk Safe
  • Archive Point Limit - The maximum number of Archive Points that can be stored in the Disk Safe
  • Quota Type - The type of quota assigned to the Disk Safe. Quotas are set to limit the disk usage of the Disk Safe. The limit is set on the basis of the amount of space occupied by Disk Safes or the size of deltas.
  • Soft Quota - The value in bytes or in deltas. Soft Quota is a warning level that informs users that they are close to reaching their effective limit.
  • Hard Quota - The value in bytes or in deltas. The Hard Quota allows resources to be occupied by data. If the Hard Quota is reached, then the system forbids generation of new Recovery Points. The replication is interrupted and failed.

Statistics Tab

  • Devices - The number of assigned Devices
  • Recovery Points - The number of Recovery Points in the Disk Safe
  • Archive Points - The number of Archive Points in the Disk Safe
  • On Disk Size - The disk space occupied by the Disk Safe
  • Deltas - The data that has changed since the last backup was run
  • Pages - Sizeable units of storage. The Disk Safe uses a page size of 32k
  • Free Pages - Unused reusable pages in the Disk Safe, left behind when recovery points are merged.
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