Veeam Backup Repository Settings

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    If you have selected to store backup files on a Veeam backup repository, specify settings to connect to the backup repository:

    1. At the Backup Server step of the wizard, specify backup server settings.
    2. At the Backup Repository step of the wizard, select the Veeam backup repository.

    Specifying Backup Server Settings

    The Backup Server step of the wizard is available if you have chosen to store backup files on a Veeam backup repository.

    Specify settings for the Veeam backup server that manages the target backup repository:

    1. In the Veeam backup server name or IP address field, specify a DNS name or IP address of the Veeam backup server.
    2. In the Port field, specify a number of the port over which Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows must communicate with the backup repository. By default, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows uses port 10001.
    3. Select the Specify your personal credentials check box. In the Username and Password fields, specify a user name and password of the account that has access to this backup repository. Permissions on the backup repository managed by the target Veeam backup server must be granted beforehand. To learn more, see Setting Up User Permissions on Backup Repositories.

    If you do not select the Specify your personal credentials check box, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows will connect to the backup repository using the NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM account of the computer where the product is installed. You can use this scenario if the Veeam Agent computer is joined to the Active Directory domain. In this case, you can add the computer account (DOMAIN\COMPUTERNAME$) to an AD group and grant access rights on the backup repository to this group.

    Setting access permissions on the backup repository to Everyone is equal to granting access rights to the Everyone Microsoft Windows group (Anonymous users are excluded). If you have set such permissions on the backup repository, you can omit specifying credentials. However, we recommend this scenario for demo environments only.

     

    Veeam Backup Repository Settings IMPORTANT

    Mind the following:

    • If you plan to use a commercial version of Veeam Agent with Veeam Backup & Replication, you must install a license in Veeam Backup & Replication in advance, before connecting to the backup server.
    • If you specify a DNS name of the Veeam backup server, make sure that the Veeam backup server name is resolved into IPv4 address on the machine where Veeam Agent is installed. The Veeam Backup Service in Veeam Backup & Replication listens on IPv4 addresses only. If the Veeam backup server name is resolved into IPv6 address, Veeam Agent will fail to connect to the Veeam backup server.
    • If you change an account to connect to the Veeam backup server and then start a backup job targeted at the backup repository managed by this backup server, Veeam Agent will start a new backup chain on the backup repository.

     

    Veeam Backup Repository Settings

     

    Selecting Backup Repository

    The Backup Repository step of the wizard is available if you have chosen to save backup files on a Veeam backup repository.

    Specify settings for the target backup repository:

    1. From the Backup repository list, select a backup repository where you want to store created backups. The Backup repository list displays only those backup repositories on which you have permissions to store data.

    To store Veeam Agent backups, you can use a simple backup repository or a scale-out backup repository.

    To refresh the list of backup repositories, click the Refresh button at the top right corner of the Backup repository field. Backup repositories list refresh may be required if you change permission settings for a specific backup repository on the Veeam backup server and want to display this backup repository in the New Backup Job wizard. To learn more, see Setting Up User Permissions on Backup Repositories.

    1. If you want to map the job to a specific backup that was previously created on the same Veeam Agent computer, click the Map Backup link and select the backup.

    To learn more, see Mapping Backup Job.

    1. Specify short-term backup retention policy settings:

     

    • [For Free and Workstation product editions] In the Keep backups for <N> days (excluding days with no backup) field, specify the number of days for which you want to store backup files in the target location. By default, Veeam Agent keeps backup files for 7 days. After this period is over, Veeam Agent will remove the earliest restore points from the backup chain.

    To learn more, see Backup Retention Policy in Free and Workstation Editions.

    • [For Server product edition] In the Retention policy field, specify the number of restore points or days for which you want to store backup files in the target location. By default, Veeam Agent keeps backup files for 7 days.
    • Select the restore points option if you want Veeam Agent to remove restore points from the backup chain when the number of restore points exceeds the specified limit.
    • Select the days option if you want Veeam Agent to remove the earliest restore points from the backup chain when the specified period is over.

    To learn more, see Backup Retention Policy in Server Edition.

    1. [For Workstation and Server product editions] To use the GFS (Grandfather-Father-Son) retention scheme, select the Keep some periodic full backups longer for archival purposes check box and click Configure. In the Configure GFS window, specify how weekly, monthly and yearly full backups must be retained. To learn more, see the GFS Retention Policy section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
    2. Click Advanced to specify advanced settings for the backup job. To learn more, see Specify Advanced Backup Settings.

     

    Veeam Backup Repository Settings

     

    Mapping Backup Job

    If you have selected to map the job to the already created backup that is stored on a Veeam backup repository, perform the following steps:

    1. If you map the job to an encrypted backup, you must decrypt the backup on the Veeam Backup & Replication side before mapping. To learn more, see the Restoring Data from Encrypted Backups section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
    2. Click the Map backup link and select the desired backup. To find the backup, you can use the search field at the bottom of the Select Backup window. Keep in mind that Veeam Agent displays only those backups that were created on the same Veeam Agent computer with the same account used to connect to the repository.

     

    Veeam Backup Repository Settings 

    The backup job mapping can be helpful in case of the backup seeding. If you want to seed backup files, you must place these files in a specific folder on the target location. On the Veeam backup repository, Veeam Agent stores backups in the folders with paths of the following format:

    <path_to_folder>\<domain_name>_<user_name>\<backup_job_name>

    where:

    • <path_to_folder> — path to the folder on the Veeam backup repository.
    • <domain_name> — domain name specified to connect to the repository.
    • <user_name> — user name specified to connect to the repository.
    • <backup_job_name> — name of the backup job.

    For example:

    C:\Backup\TECH_Administrator\System Backup

    To learn more about backup seeding scenarios for Veeam backup repositories, see this Veeam KB article.