A backup job configured in Veeam Agent for IBM AIX creates backup files in a backup repository. A backup repository is a directory on the storage where you want to keep backup files. You can use the following types of disk-based storage as a backup repository:
- Local (internal) storage of the protected machine (not recommended)
- Direct attached storage (DAS), such as USB, eSATA or Firewire external drives
- Network Attached Storage (NAS) able to represent itself as SMB (CIFS) or NFS share
- Veeam Backup & Replication 10a or later backup repository (Veeam Cloud Connect repositories are not supported)
[For local storage] A backup repository should be created on a separate volume from a volume that contains data you plan to back up.
The way you work with backup repositories depends on where you want to store backup files.
- If you want to keep backup files on a local storage, remote storage or in a network shared folder, you must create a backup repository. You must perform this task in advance, before you configure the backup job. When you create a backup repository, you specify a local directory in which Veeam Agent for IBM AIX will create backup files and a name for the backup repository. To learn more, see Creating Backup Repository.
If you back up your data to a remote storage or network shared folder, you must mount this remote location to the specified local directory before you start a backup job. Veeam Agent for IBM AIX does not check whether the remote backup location is mounted to the local directory. If the remote location is not mounted, Veeam Agent will create a new backup chain directly in the local directory. Besides, if the directory to which the remote location should be mounted resides on the backed-up volume, a backup job may fail.
- If you want to keep backup files on a Veeam backup repository, you do not need to create repositories. Before configuring the backup job, you must connect to the Veeam backup server. Veeam Agent will obtain information about backup repositories managed by this backup server. To learn more, see Connecting to Veeam Backup Server.
You can configure several backup repositories and target different backup jobs at these repositories. This may be useful if you want to back up different types of data to separate locations or to keep several copies of your backed-up data.