Step 6 - Advanced Options

This wizard page provides different customization options depending on which backup mode and backup route you selected, as well as on whether or not you enabled ransomware protection for this backup plan.

Advanced Mode Settings

This is the default mode and the only one that is available when enabling Ransomware Protection and/or choosing the hybrid backup type on the first wizard page.

This mode provides a complete set of customization options for configuring your backup plan.

When choosing this mode, you will only be able to access the contents of files in your backup using CloudBerry software. We cannot guarantee the ability to access this contents when using third-party software.

The available options are explained below.

  • Use block-level backup
    As opposed to a full backup which uploads a complete copy of each file to a storage, a block-level backup uploads the full copy of your data only during the first execution of the backup plan and when explicitly forced to do this. In other cases, the backup service uploads only blocks that were modified since the last backup date, which can dramatically decrease the processing time required for completing your backup routine, as well as reduce the required storage space.

    When choosing this option, the wizard prompts you to schedule a full backup on a corresponding page.


See Understanding Backups to learn more about the available kinds of backup.

  • Backup NTFS permissions
    Enable this option to retain all NTFS permissions assigned to your files, folders and network shares.

    The Restore Wizard will then enable you to choose whether or not to restore these permissions along with the recovered files.

  • Track Local file Deletes This option instructs CloudBerry Backup to retain information about locally deleted data in the cloud. With this feature enabled, the Restore Wizard lets you specify if the locally deleted data — which is in the cloud — should be restored. If this feature is disabled, all locally deleted data will be restored on a different computer​. Learn more about how this feature functions here.

  • Use Backup Operator
    CloudBerry Backup is running under the Local System account by default, which can prevent the backup service from accessing certain files and folders. Use this option to enable users with Backup Operator permissions to back up files regardless of any security permissions assigned to these files.

If you are a member of the Administrators or Backup Operators group on the local computer, you can back up any file and folder on the local computer to which the local group applies. Likewise, if you are a member of the Administrators or Backup Operators group on a domain controller, you can back up any file and folder locally on any computer in the domain with which you have a two-way trust relationship. See the following document for more information: Back up files and directories - security policy setting.

The service account under which CloudBerry Backup is running must be a member of the Backup Operators group. See Changing the Backup Service Account for more information.

See the following blog post online to learn how to add a user to the Backup Operators group:

Support for Backup Operators API in CloudBerry Backup 5.7.

  • Use fast NTFS scan
    Use this option to speed up backup processing by using a low-level API to access NTFS structures when you need to back up a considerably large number of files that are stored on an NTFS-formatted device.

    The resulting performance gain may vary depending on which storage device you are using and the number of files contained in your backup. While this gain may not be evident when running your backup plan for the first time, you should notice the difference when running subsequent differential backup.

Enabling this option will force Volume Shadow Copy Service (see below).

See the following blog post online to learn more about using this feature: Fast NTFS scan in CloudBerry Backup 5.7.

  • Force using Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)
    This option forces Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) that captures and copies stable images for backup on running systems without degrading the performance and stability of the services they provide. Use this option to force backing up of files that may be locked at the time of backup.

When this option is disabled, a backup service starts creating a shadow copy only after coming across a locked file. When this option is enabled, the backup service creates a shadow copy beforehand and does not attempt to backup locked files.

When using this feature, you can manually specify a custom VSS provider of your choice (see below).

Please consider the following limitations that apply to using this service:

  • VSS cannot be used to back up network files, such as network shares and mapped network drives.

  • VSS cannot make snapshots of data stored in FAT32-partitioned volumes.

  • Use system VSS provider Use this option to specify a custom third-party VSS provider. In some cases, this enables you to avoid errors resulting from using the standard Windows VSS provider. CloudBerry Backup first looks for a hardware VSS provider installed, then for a software VSS provider, and finally uses a system VSS provider if it fails to identify any of the previous ones.

Configuring Other Modes

When choosing the Simple, Custom or Archive mode on the previous wizard page, the set of settings available on this page is limited by the following three options:

  • Use fast NTFS scan
  • Force using Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)
  • Use system VSS provider

See the previous section of this document to learn about these settings.