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Barracuda Yosemite Server Backup

How do I backup mapped drives with Yosemite Server Backup?

  • Type: Knowledgebase
  • Date changed: one year ago

Solution #00004031



Yosemite Server Backup, version 8.0 and above



Support for mapped drives is disabled in Yosemite Server Backup by default. We highly recommend against backing up mapped drives due to issues and limitations related to this connection method. Some of these include incompatibilities between operating systems, poor performance, and security issues. Additionally, only data files can be backed up from the mapped drives, the registry and security information cannot be backed up through a mapped drive connection.


With that said, if you would like to backup a mapped drive you can do so as follows. The following steps should be done locally on the system the mapped drive is configured on.

By default the Yosemite Server Backup service runs under the general system account.  If this account does not have permissions to the mapped drives it is recommended that the service is stopped to force Yosemite Server Backup to run under the account of the user currently logged in.

  1. Stop and remove the Yosemite Server Backup Service. The removal of the service is recommended to get around security limitations related to running Yosemite Server Backup as a service that prevents us from seeing the content of the mapped drive. For details on controlling the Yosemite Server Backup Service refer to Solution #4025. 
  2. Once the service is removed, login to Yosemite Server Backup.
  3. Navigate to the Administration desk bar and then select Catalog.
  4. Expand the Network tree and the computer with the mapped drives.
  5. Double click the System Drivers resource and locate the File System Drivers.
  6. Double click File System Drivers.
  7. Place a check next to Enable Network Drives, in the File System Drivers properties window, and then select OK.
  8. Close and reopen Yosemite Backup. The mapped drives should be visible from the File Systems resource on the selected computer. 

Additional Notes:

Mapped drives are user specific, so the machine with the mapped drive configured must be running the Yosemite Server Backup Administrator in order for its mapped drives to be recognized and for backups to run.


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