Adding Blob Storage Backup Repositories

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    A Blob storage backup repository is a folder in a blob container with a specific tier assigned.

    Microsoft Azure Plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication supports the following types of Blob storage backup repositories:

    • Standard backup repository

    A standard backup repository is a folder in a blob container with the Hot (inferred) or Cool (inferred) access tier assigned. Microsoft Azure Plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication uses this repository to store image-level backups of Azure VMs and backups of SQL databases. We recommend you to store in this repository frequently accessed backups or infrequently accessed backups that must be stored for at least 30 days.

    To store backups in a standard backup repository, first add it to the infrastructure and then enable image-level backups in a backup policy. For more information on how to create a policy, see Performing Backup in the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure User Guide.

    • Archive repository

    An archive repository is a folder in a blob container with the Archive tier assigned. Archive repository allows you to archive image-level backups of Azure VMs and backups of SQL databases, that is, to store backups for long periods of time at lower costs. However, restoring from an archived backup is longer and more expensive than restoring from a backup stored in a standard backup repository. To restore data from an archive, you first need to retrieve data from it. For more information on how to retrieve data, see Retrieving Data from Archive.

    We recommend you to archive data if it is rarely accessed and stored for at least 180 days or if you want to reduce data-at-rest costs and to save space in the high availability standard backup repository.

    To archive backups, first add an archive repository and then enable backup archiving in backup policies. Note that you can archive only backups created with monthly and yearly retention schemes. For more information on how to create a policy, see Performing Backup in the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure User Guide. For more information on how archiving works, see the Enabling Backup Archiving for VMs and Enabling Backup Archiving for Databases section in the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure User Guide.

    Depending on your configuration, you can connect to existing repositories or deploy new ones.

    Connecting to Existing Repository

    All Blob storage backup repositories that have been already configured on a Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure appliance are added automatically to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure when you connect to this appliance.

    If a repository that is already added to the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure infrastructure is not available in the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, follow the instructions provided in the Editing Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Appliance Settings section. For a standard backup repository, at the Repositories step of the Edit Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Appliance wizard, specify credentials to be used to access the repository and click Apply, and the repository will be added to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure.

    Note

    [For standard backup repositories] If you do not want or do not have an option to add the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure appliance where a standard backup repository is deployed to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, follow the instructions provided in the Adding External Azure Blob Storage section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide. In this case, restore from backups stored in this Blob storage will work as described in the How Restore to Microsoft Azure Works section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide. This configuration might be necessary, for example, if your product license is not supported.

    Deploying New Repositories

    When you deploy Blob storage backup repositories in the Veeam Backup & Replication console, they are added to the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure infrastructure and are also displayed in the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure infrastructure.

    For instructions on how to deploy a repository, see the following sections: