Shared Folder Settings

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    The Shared Folder step of the wizard is available if you have selected the Managed by agent mode at the Job Mode step of the wizard and chosen to save the backup in a network shared folder.

    Specify shared folder settings:

    1. In the Shared folder field, type a UNC name of the network shared folder in which you want to store backup files. Keep in mind that the UNC name always starts with two back slashes (\\).
    2. If the network shared folder requires authentication, select the This share requires access credentials check box and select from the list a user account that has access permissions on this shared folder. If you have not set up credentials beforehand, click the Manage accounts link or click Add on the right to add credentials. The user name must be specified in the DOMAIN\USERNAME format.

    If you do not select the This share requires access credentials check box, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows will connect to the shared folder 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 simply grant Full Control access on the shared folder and underlying file system to the computer account (DOMAIN\COMPUTERNAME$).

    1. Specify short-term backup retention policy settings in one of the following ways:
    • From the Retention policy list, select restore points and specify the number of restore points for which you want to store backup files in the target location. By default, Veeam Backup & Replication keeps backup files created for 7 latest restore points. After this number is exceeded, Veeam Backup & Replication will remove the earliest restore points from the backup chain.
    • From the Retention policy list, select days and specify the number of days for which you want to store backup files in the target location. By default, Veeam Backup & Replication keeps backup files for 7 days. After this period is over, Veeam Backup & Replication will remove the earliest restore points from the backup chain.

    Keep in mind that if you have selected the Workstation type at the Job Mode step of the wizard, you can specify retention policy only in days.

    Shared Folder SettingsNOTE

    The short-term retention policies for backups of workstations and servers are the same as in Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows operating in the standalone mode. To learn more about retention policies, see the following sections in the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows User Guide:

    1. To use the GFS (Grandfather-Father-Son) retention scheme, select the Keep certain 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.
    1. Click Advanced to specify advanced settings for the backup job. To learn more, see Specify Advanced Backup Settings.

    Shared Folder Settings