About backup selections in DLO

Backup selections specify which files and folders you want to back up on desktops. An administrator can create a backup selection that applies to all users in a profile. In this case, the backup selection is called a profile backup selection. In addition, desktop users who have sufficient rights can create and modify backup selections.

Within each backup selection you can do the following:

  • Specify the path to be backed up.

  • Choose to include or exclude subfolders, file types, or specific folders.

  • Set the number of revisions that are retained for each file in the backup selection.

  • Set the frequency with which revisions are saved.

  • Set instructions on how long to retain backup files.

  • Configure the backup selection to transfer only the changed portions of files.

  • Compress or encrypt the files for transmission and storage.

  • Specify how long to retain backup files after the source files are deleted.


Symantec strongly recommends that you consider disk space when choosing backup selections for desktops and laptops. A large number of local copies may cause the Desktop Agent user’s computer to run out of disk space. For example, you may want to avoid selecting entire drives for backup or synchronization.

More Information

About default backup selections in DLO

Removing default DLO backup selections from a profile

Adding a DLO backup selection to a profile

General options for DLO backup selections

Including and excluding files or folders from a DLO backup selection

About revision control in DLO

Setting options for a DLO backup selection

How to use DLO macros in backup selections

Modifying a DLO backup selection

Deleting DLO backup selections

About backup selections in DLO