Step 8. Configure Azure Blob Storage
At the Repositories step of the wizard, configure access to Azure Blob storage added to the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure infrastructure:
- In the Repositories list, select Blob storage 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 a Microsoft Azure storage account whose type is supported and that has permissions to access the Blob storage resources. For more information on permissions, see the Repository Account section of the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure User Guide.
If you have not added credentials beforehand, click the Manage cloud accounts link or the Add button to add the necessary credentials. For more information on adding credentials, see the Microsoft Azure Storage Accounts section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
If you do not specify credentials for Blob storage, Microsoft Azure Plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication will stop periodic rescan of the storage. This can help you reduce data transfer costs since Microsoft Azure Plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication will send fewer requests to Microsoft Azure.
However, keep in mind that in this case you will only be able to view, manage backup policies and restore Azure VMs to Microsoft Azure — activities described in the Data Protection and Data Recovery sections will not be 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 storage.
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 location that differs from the location where your Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure resides, choose a server that is located close to the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure 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 on Blob storage is encrypted, 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 storage.
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.
- Click OK.
After you finish working with the wizard, Blob storage will be displayed on the Backup Infrastructure view, under the External Repositories node.
If Blob storage is already added to the infrastructure of another Veeam Backup & Replication server, you will be prompted to claim the ownership of this storage. For more information on taking the ownership, see the Ownership section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.