Backup Job Wizard for Amazon EC2: Source

On the Source page of the wizard, you can add EC2 Instances to your backup job. Proceed as follows:

  1. In the left pane of the page, choose either of the following inventory views:

    • AWS Accounts: If chosen, the inventory tree opens in the left pane and shows you AWS accounts along with their Regions and available Amazon EC2 instances. Proceed as follows:

      1. Optionally, filter the inventory tree by entering a string to the Search box. You can enter a part or the entire item name.

      2. Select Amazon EC2 items by ticking the checkbox next to the item.

        If you add a paid AWS EC2 instance, you may be double-charged for that instance for the duration of the backup. For more information, refer to the Knowledge Base article.

      3. The selected items appear in the right pane of the page. If necessary, reorder the selected items by dragging an Instance, Region, or Account to a new position. By doing so, you can specify that you wish to back up the most important Instances first.

      4. Review the list of selected Amazon EC2 items. If needed, remove a selected Image or a Region from the backup job in either of the following ways:

        • Deselect the item in the left pane. This will remove the item from the right pane.

        • In the right pane, hover over the item you want to remove and click the “x” to the right. This will deselect the item in the left pane.

    • Policy: If selected, this allows you to use job policies; refer to Managing Job Policies for details. Please follow the steps below:

      1. If items were selected in the alternate view, a dialog opens warning you that switching to the Policy view will reset your current selection. Click Switch View to confirm switching to the Policy view.

      2. Make sure that at least one item matches the available set of policy rules. Refer to Managing Policy Rules for details.

  2. Click Next to confirm that you wish to add selected EC2 items to the backup job.

The wizard displays the next page.


  • If you cannot find an Instance, try the following:

    • Make sure that an appropriate Amazon account (that which was used to create the Instance) is added to the inventory.  

    • Refresh the Inventory.

  • If you add a Region or an Account to the job, the following will occur:

    •  All Instances currently available in the selected Region/Account will be backed up by the job.

    • All new instances that are created in (or moved to) the Region/Account in the future will be automatically added to the backup job and backed up.

  • The order in which Instances are backed is important if the Transporter performing the backup cannot process all Instances of the job simultaneously – either because the Transporter is loaded or because the number of disks in the job exceeds the Transporter’s maximum load specified during the Transporter’s creation.

  • To back up Instances in a Region, at least one Transporter must be installed in that region. If there are no Transporters in a particular Region, the product will suggest that you automatically install a Transporter with the default options.