You can back up and restore the configuration database that Veeam Backup Free Edition uses.
During configuration backup, Veeam Backup Free Edition exports data from the configuration database and saves it to a backup file on the backup repository. If the backup server fails for some reason, you can re-install the backup server and quickly restore its configuration from the configuration backup. You can also use configuration backups to apply the configuration of one backup server to another backup server in the backup infrastructure.
It is recommended that you regularly perform configuration backup for every backup server in the backup infrastructure. Periodic configuration backups reduce the risk of data loss and minimize the administrative overhead if any problem with backup servers occurs.
It is not recommended to back up the backup server configuration using backup jobs in Veeam Backup Free Edition. For backup, Veeam Backup Free Edition uses VM snapshots. During snapshot creation and commit, the VM freezes for some time, which can potentially lead to the following consequences:
- Disconnection from the configuration database. For more information, see https://www.veeam.com/kb1681.
- Disconnection from remote Veeam Backup Free Edition agents.
- Disconnection from network storage (for example, storage presented via iSCSI) and so on.
For this reason, you must always use the configuration backup functionality to back up and restore configuration of the backup server.