Application-Aware Processing

If VMs run Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange or Oracle, you can enable application-aware processing to create transactionally consistent backups or replicas. The transactionally consistent replicas guarantee proper recovery of applications without data loss.

To configure application-aware processing:

  1. Select the Enable application-aware processing check box.
  2. Click the Customize Application link.
  3. To define custom settings for a machine in the list, select it and click Edit.

Consider the following:

  • To customize settings of a machine added to the job as part of a container, add the machine as a standalone instance. For that, click Add machine and choose the necessary VM. Next, select the machine from the list and click Edit to customize VM settings.
  • To discard custom settings of a machine, select the machine in the list and click Remove.
  1. Configure the necessary settings for the selected application server:

Application-Aware Processing Options

General Settings

Applications Section

In this section, select the option that corresponds to a transactionally-consistent backup creation scenario of your choice:

Transaction Logs Processing Section

In this section, specify whether this job should process transaction logs upon a successful backup:


With this option selected, the SQL and Oracle tabs are not available.

General Settings

SQL Server Processing Settings

For more information on configuring Microsoft SQL Server processing settings, see Backup and Restore of Microsoft SQL Server Databases.

Oracle Server Processing Settings

For more information on configuring Oracle processing settings, see Backup and Restore of Oracle Databases.

File Exclusions

On the File Exclusions tab, specify whether to exclude or include specific files in the backup. Exclusions can help decrease the backup file size. However, selective processing takes additional time that depends on the number of excluded files; also, it requires obtaining per-file metadata (stored in backups). Thus, it is recommended to use this option for excluding large files. By default, exclusions are disabled.

Click Add and specify what files and folders you want to include or exclude.

File Exclusions

To form the list of exclusions or inclusions, you can use full paths to files and folders, environmental variables, and file masks with the asterisk (*) and question mark (?) characters. For more information, see the VM Guest OS Files section of the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.