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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.0
Backup and Restore of SQL Server Databases

Excluding Databases from Log Backup Process

If you need to exclude a database from transaction log processing (without excluding the database itself from application-aware VSS processing), you can use the following methods:

  • Set database logging model to simple - then no log file will be created for this database, and log processing job ('child') will not be run for it.
  • Create a list of databases to be excluded from transaction log processing. For that, you will need to create the following registry entries under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication:

Registry entry


Default value






Specified character string will be treated as a delimiter between InstanceName and DatabaseName in a list entry.

sql_instance_name: - skip all databases from such SQL server instance (for example, sql_2014:)

:db_name - skip all databases with such name on all instances (for example, :master).




Specified character string will be treated as a delimiter between list entries.





Instructs Veeam to exclude SQL databases from transaction logs backup process. Databases and instances should be listed using the delimiters described by the SqlBackupInstanceDatabaseDelimiter and SqlBackupInstanceDatabasePairsDelimiter

sql_intance_name:db_name - skip everything which contains such instance and database name


If database name contains default delimiter character(s), you can use any other character or character string as delimiter when creating a list of exclusions. For example, if  SqlBackupInstanceDatabaseDelimiter value is set to ###123###, then SqlBackupDatabasesToSkip will contain a list of entries like this:


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