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In the Administration user menu of the DBA Cockpit, you can display, create, and configure backup templates. The database must be in the ONLINE or ADMIN operational state.

  1. Open the DBA Cockpit (transaction DBACOCKPIT) and choose Start of the navigation path Administration Next navigation step Backup Templates End of the navigation path.

  2. Choose Start of the navigation path Edit Next navigation step Create Group End of the navigation path or Start of the navigation path Edit Next navigation step Create Backup Template End of the navigation path and create the desired backup template for the data carrier or group of parallel data carriers.

  3. Choose Start of the navigation path Edit Next navigation step Change Properties End of the navigation path if you want to change the specifications of a backup template.


For SAP NetWeaver 7.1, the backup templates are displayed in the Backup Templates menu.

Backup tool from other providor

Description of the third-party backup tool

More information: Database Administration, Using Third-Party Backup Tools

Backup template

Name of the backup template


Name of the data carrier

If you use files and pipes, we recommend that you specify the absolute path of the data carrier.


Data carrier type

File: Log backups should always be carried out in backup files.

Tape: You cannot make log backups to tape.

Pipe: Always specify Pipe if you are using a third-party backup tool.

Backup type

Backup type

Full (Data): Complete data backup

Incremental (Pages): Incremental data backup

Log: Interactive log backup

AutoLog: Automatic log backup

Size (KB)

Size of data carrier

Can Overwrite

Sets the overwrite mode

Select Can Overwrite if you want to use the overwrite mode for the data carrier.

Block Size (pages)

Selects the block size

If you want to make backups in blocks of eight pages, select Block Size. You can specify another block size, if you want. If you do not select Block Size, the value of database parameter BACKUP_BLOCK_CNT is used.


Sets the autoloader

If you want to use a tape device with an automatic tape loader, select Autoloader.

OS command

Transferring operating system commands

When you back up to tape, you can specify operating system commands.

SAP MaxDB Bridge Technology

In the Bridge area, specify the name of the successor backup template (backup type Log).


You can use backup templates to schedule or start a backup action with the DBA planning calendar (Scheduling an Action, Starting an Action Immediately).