Glossary

The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.

synthetic backup

A feature of the Advanced Disk-based Backup Option that enables a full backup to be assembled, or synthesized, from a baseline and subsequent incremental backups.

A synthetic full backup is a backup assembled from a previous, traditional (non-synthesized) full backup, and subsequent differential backups or a cumulative incremental backup. A client can then use the synthesized backup to restore files and directories in the same way that a client restores from a traditional backup.