Types of Backup Files

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    Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows produces backup files of the following types:

    • VBK —  full backup file.
    • VIB — incremental backup file.
    • VBM — backup metadata file. The backup metadata file is updated with every backup job session. It contains information about the computer on which the backup was created, every restore point in the backup chain, how restore points are linked to each other and so on. The backup metadata file is required for performing file-level and volume-level restore operations.

     

    Types of Backup Files NOTE

    For backup jobs with database log backup options enabled, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows additionally produces backup files of the following types:

    • VLB, VSM and VLM files — for Microsoft SQL Server transaction log backups
    • VLB, VOM and VLM files — for Oracle archived log backups

    Keep in mind that Veeam Agent creates VLM files only in backup chains started in Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 5.0. If you upgrade Veeam Agent and continue the backup chain that was started in the earlier Veeam Agent version, Veeam Agent will not create VLM files in this backup chain.