Before You Begin


Before you configure the backup job, check the following prerequisites:

  • The target location where you plan to store backup files must have enough free space.
  • [For Veeam Backup & Replication repository targets] You can store created backups in a backup repository only if the backup server runs Veeam Backup & Replication 12.0 or later.
  • [For Veeam Backup & Replication repository targets] If you plan to use a Veeam Backup & Replication repository as a target for backups, you must pre-configure user access permissions on this backup repository. To learn more, see Setting Up User Permissions on Backup Repositories.

Considerations and Limitations

Before you configure the backup job, consider the following:

  • When you configure the backup job with the Backup Job wizard, Veeam Agent creates the job with default values for the following advanced settings: compression level and data block size. You can specify custom values for these settings in the command line interface when you create a new backup job or edit an existing backup job. For more information, see Creating Backup Job in Command Line Interface and Editing Backup Job Settings.
  • You cannot save the backup of entire computer on the local computer disk. Use an external hard drive or USB drive, network shared folder or backup repository as a target location.
  • [For nosnap Veeam Agent for Linux and Veeam Agent for Linux on Power] When you back up the entire computer or create a volume-level backup, Veeam Agent backs up the boot partition in the snapshot-less mode. To ensure consistency of the boot partition data during backup, Veeam Agent uses the fsfreeze or umount commands.
  • Veeam Agent stops running the backup job after 21 days (504 hours).
  • Veeam Agent does not back up data to which symbolic links are targeted. It only backs up the path information that the symbolic links contain. After restore, identical symbolic links are created in the restore destination.
  • Veeam Agent does not support backup of bind mount points. In the scope of the backup job, you must specify the path to the original mount point instead.

Navigating Backup Job Wizard

The Backup Job wizard window comprises the following areas:

In the Backup Job wizard, the use of a mouse is not supported. To navigate the Backup Job wizard and associated dialog windows, you can use the following keys:



You can switch between steps of the Backup Job wizard in two ways. The easier and more comfortable way is to use the [Enter] key to proceed to the next step and [Backspace] key to return to the previous step of the wizard. You can also use the [Tab] key to select the Next or Previous button in the buttons area and then press [Enter] to switch to the next or previous step of the wizard respectively.