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Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1
User Guide

Microsoft OneDrive Support

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows lets you back up your data to Microsoft OneDrive. This functionality is intended for users of home PCs, workstations and laptops who want to keep backups off-site without the need to set up the backup infrastructure.

Backup to Microsoft OneDrive is supported for Veeam Agent computers running the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 8.x
  • Microsoft Windows 10

To create backups in Microsoft OneDrive, you need to select Microsoft OneDrive as a target for backup files in the properties of the Veeam Agent backup job. When you configure the backup job, you must provide credentials of the Microsoft OneDrive account that has access to the Microsoft OneDrive storage. You can use the following types of Microsoft OneDrive accounts to back up your data:

  • OneDrive (personal)
  • OneDrive for Business

When the backup job session starts, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows copies the backed-up data directly to Microsoft OneDrive. In contrast to other types of backup location, during backup to Microsoft OneDrive, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows does not store copied data blocks to backups files of the VBK or VIB type. Instead, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows stores the entire data blocks 'as is'. This helps Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows upload backed-up data, perform transform operations with restore points in the backup chain and delete obsolete restore points by retention in a more efficient way.

For backups residing in Microsoft OneDrive, backup metadata is stored alongside the backed-up data itself. In addition, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows saves a copy of backup metadata to the C:\ProgramData\Veeam\OneDriveBackup folder on the Veeam Agent computer.

You can use backups that reside in Microsoft OneDrive to perform the same data recovery operations that are available for Veeam Agent backups in other types of target location. You can restore entire computer volumes or individual files and folders. In case your computer fails to start, you can also boot your computer from the Veeam Recovery Media and restore data from a volume-level backup residing in Microsoft OneDrive.

Microsoft OneDrive Support Note:

You can use Microsoft OneDrive as a target for Veeam Agent backup jobs configured directly on a Veeam Agent computer only. Backup to Microsoft OneDrive for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows managed within the Veeam Agent management scenario is not supported.

Authorization in Microsoft OneDrive

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows communicates with Microsoft OneDrive over the OneDrive API. To let Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows access the API, you need to sign in to Microsoft OneDrive in the Configure Backup wizard. When you sign in to Microsoft OneDrive, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows obtains from Microsoft OneDrive authorization tokens that provide access to the OneDrive API.

To work with the OneDrive API, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows uses the following types of tokens:

After a 90-day period expires, you need to sign in to your OneDrive for Business account once again in the Configure Backup wizard. Otherwise, the backup job will be failing.

Limitations for Backup to Microsoft OneDrive

Backup to Microsoft OneDrive has the following limitations:

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