Step 7. Configure Repositories
The Repositories step of the wizard displays all repositories added to the Veeam Backup for AWS infrastructure. For standard backup repositories, specify credentials to access the repositories and a gateway server to be used. For archive repositories, you do not need to specify credentials and a gateway server because there is no direct connection between Veeam Backup & Replication and archive repositories. They are synchronized from Veeam Backup for AWS.
To configure credential and a gateway server, do the following:
- In the Repositories list, select a standard backup repository to which you want to configure access and click Edit.
- In the Repository window, do the following:
- From the Credentials drop-down list, select credentials of an AWS user who has permissions to access the S3 backup repository resources. For more information on permissions, see Required Permissions.
If you have not added credentials beforehand, click Manage cloud accounts or Add to add the necessary credentials. For more information on adding credentials, see the Cloud Credentials Manager section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
If you do not specify credentials for an S3 backup repository, AWS Plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication will stop periodic rescan of the repository. This can help you reduce data transfer costs since AWS Plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication will send fewer requests to AWS.
However, keep in mind that in this case you will only be able to view, manage backup policies and restore EC2 instances to Amazon EC2. Activities described in the Data Protection and Data Recovery sections are not available.
- From the Use the following gateway server for the Internet access drop-down list, select a gateway server that will be used to access the repository. If you do not specify the credentials, the backup server is used as a gateway server.
The gateway server caches data when you copy backups and restore application items. The gateway server helps you decrease the amount of traffic being sent over the network and reduce data transfer costs. For more information on caching data, see the Cache section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
By default, the role of a gateway server is assigned to the Veeam Backup & Replication server. If the Veeam Backup & Replication server resides in a region that differs from the AWS Region where your Veeam Backup for AWS resides, choose a server that is located close to the Veeam Backup for AWS appliance. You can choose any Microsoft Windows or Linux server that is added to your Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure and has internet connection. Note that the server must be added to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure beforehand. For more information on how to add a server, see the Virtualization Servers and Hosts section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
- If data in the standard backup repository is encrypted with a password, select the Use the following password for encrypted backups check box. From the drop-down list, select the password that must be used to decrypt the data. In this case, Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically decrypt backup files stored in this repository.
If you have not added the password beforehand, click the Manage passwords link or the Add button to add the necessary password. For more information on adding passwords, see the Creating Passwords section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
If you do not specify the decryption password, you can do it later. For more information, see Decrypting Image-Level Backups.
If data in the S3 backup repository is encrypted with a KMS key, AWS Plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication shows the used KMS key but does not allow changing it. You can change the key in the appliance Web UI as described in the Editing Backup Repository Settings section in the Veeam Backup for AWS User Guide.
After you finish working with the wizard, the backup repositories will be displayed on the Backup Infrastructure view, under the External Repositories node. For more information on where backups are shown, see Viewing Snapshots and Backups.
If S3 backup repositories are already added to the infrastructure of another Veeam Backup & Replication server, you will be prompted to claim the ownership of these repositories. For more information on taking the ownership, see the Ownership section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.