Before You Begin

Before you create a Veeam Agent backup job in the Veeam Backup & Replication console, check the following prerequisites:

  • The Veeam Backup & Replication license must have a sufficient number of instances to process servers and workstations that you plan to add to the Veeam Agent backup job. To learn more, see Licensing Requirements.
  • The target location where you plan to store backup files must have enough free space.
  • Protection groups that you want to add to the job must be configured in advance.
  • [For backup jobs targeted at the cloud repository] The Veeam Cloud Connect service provider must be added in the Veeam backup console.

Veeam Agent backup jobs have the following limitations:

  • [For backup job managed by backup server] You can create Veeam Agent backups in a Veeam backup repository and Veeam Cloud Connect repository. If you want to save backups in other target locations, you must configure a Veeam Agent backup job managed by Veeam Agent (backup policy). To learn more, see Veeam Agent Backup Jobs and Policies.
  • [For backup job managed by Veeam Agent] 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.
  • Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows does not support file-level backup for backup jobs that include failover clusters.
  • Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 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.
  • After you start managing a Veeam Agent computer with Veeam Backup & Replication, data backup for this computer is performed by a backup job configured in Veeam Backup & Replication. Veeam Agent running on the computer starts a new backup chain in a target location specified in the backup job settings. You cannot continue the existing backup chain that was created by Veeam Agent operating in the standalone mode.
  • You cannot map a Veeam Agent backup job configured in Veeam Backup & Replication to a Veeam Agent backup chain created by a standalone Veeam Agent in a backup repository.
  • The backup cache is supported only for Veeam Agent backup jobs managed by Veeam Agent.
  • Veeam Agent does not support creating transaction log backups in a cloud repository. You cannot enable transaction log backup options in the properties of the backup job targeted at a cloud repository.

Page updated 1/12/2024

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