Creating resource groups and attaching policies for Exchange Servers

A resource group is a container to which you add resources that you want to back up and protect together. A resource group enables you to back up all of the data that is associated with a given application simultaneously. A resource group is required for any data protection job. You must also attach one or more policies to the resource group to define the type of data protection job that you want to perform and the protection schedule.

About this task

You can back up a database or Database Availabililty Group (DAG) individually, on demand, without creating a new resource group.

A resource group cannot contain more than one DAG.


  1. In the left navigation pane, click Resources, and then select the appropriate plug-in from the list.
  2. In the Resources page, select Database from the View list.
    Note: If you have recently added a resource to SnapCenter, click Refresh Resources to view the newly added resource.
  3. Click New Resource Group.
  4. On the Name page, perform the following actions:
    For this field… Do this…
    Name Enter the resource group name.
    Tags Enter one or more labels that will help you later search for the resource group.

    For example, if you add HR as a tag to multiple resource groups, you can later find all resource groups associated with the HR tag.

    Use custom name format for Snapshot copy Optional: Enter a custom Snapshot copy name and format.

    For example, customtext_resourcegroup_policy_hostname or resourcegroup_hostname. By default, a timestamp is appended to the Snapshot copy name.

  5. In the Resources page, perform the following steps:
    1. Select the resource type and the Database Availability Group from drop-down lists to filter the list of available resources.
      Note: If you have recently added resources, they will appear in the list of Available Resources only after you refresh your resource list.
    2. Type the name of the resource in the search text box, or scroll to locate a resource.
    3. To move resources from the Available Resources section to the Selected Resources section, perform one of the following steps:
  6. In the Policies page, perform the following steps:
    1. Select one or more policies from the drop-down list.
      Note: You can also create a policy by clicking .
      Note: If a policy contains the Back up copies on servers to be selected at backup job creation time option, a server selection option is displayed to select one or more servers.
      In the Configure schedules for selected policies section, the selected policies are listed.
    2. In the Configure schedules for selected policies section, click in the Configure Schedules column for the policy for which you want to configure the schedule.
    3. In the Add schedules for policy policy_name dialog box, configure the schedule by specifying the start date, expiration date, and frequency, and then click OK.
      You must do this for each frequency listed in the policy. The configured schedules are listed in the Applied Schedules column in the Configure schedules for selected policies section.
  7. In the Notification page, from the Email preference drop-down list, select the scenarios in which you want to send the emails.
    You must also specify the sender and receiver email addresses, and the subject of the email. If you want to attach the report of the operation performed on the resource group, select Attach Job Report.
    Note: For email notification, you must have specified the SMTP server details either using the GUI or PowerShell command Set-SmSmtpServer.
  8. Review the summary, and then click Finish.