Adding Cloud Storage Backup Repositories

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    GCP Plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication uses Cloud Storage buckets with a specific storage class as repositories to keep image-level backups of VM instances. In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, you can deploy new Cloud Storage backup repositories or connect to existing repositories.

    GCP Plug-in for Veeam Backup & Replication supports the following types of cloud storage backup repositories:

    A standard backup repository is a Cloud Storage bucket with the Standard storage class assigned.

    Use this class of storage repository to store backups in a high-performance, short-term storage that you plan to access frequently. Backups that are stored in this repository are shown under the External Repository node.

    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, see Creating Backup Policies in the Veeam Backup for GCP User Guide.

    An archive repository is a Cloud Storage bucket with the Archive Storage class assigned.

    Use this class of storage repository to store backups in a cost-effective, long-term storage that you plan to access less than once a year. Backups that are stored in this repository are shown under the External Repository (Archive) node. Note that you will not be able to manage this repository (edit repository settings, synchronize or upgrade it) and perform any actions described in the Data Recovery section except for the Restoring to Google Cloud Platform option.

    To archive backups, first add an archive repository and then enable backup archiving in a backup policy. For more information, see Creating Backup Policies in the Veeam Backup for GCP User Guide. For more information on how archiving works, see the Enabling Backup Archiving section in the <%VBAWS%> User Guide.

    For more information on GCP storage classes, see the Storage classes section in the Google Cloud documentation.

    Depending on your configuration, you will need to follow the instructions from one of the following sections.

    Connecting to Existing Backup Repositories

    All Cloud Storage backup repositories that have been already configured on a Veeam Backup for GCP appliance are added automatically to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure when you connect to this appliance.

    If a Cloud Storage backup repository that is already added to the Veeam Backup for GCP infrastructure is not available in the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, follow the instructions provided in the Editing Appliance Settings section. At the Repositories step of the Edit Veeam Backup for GCP Appliance wizard, specify credentials to be used to access the repository and click Apply. After that, the repository will be added to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure. Note that you can not specify credentials for the archive repository.

    Note

    If you do not want or you do not have an option to add the Veeam Backup for GCP appliance where a Cloud Storage backup repository is deployed to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, add an external Google Cloud storage repository.  For more information on external repositories, see Adding External Google Cloud Storage section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide. In this case, restore from backups stored in this repository will work as described in the How Restore to Google Cloud Works section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide. This configuration can be necessary, for example, if your product license is not supported.

    Note that you can not add archive repositories as an external repository if the Veeam Backup for GCP appliance is not added to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure.

    Deploying New Cloud Storage Backup Repositories

    When you deploy new Cloud Storage backup repositories in the Veeam Backup & Replication console, they are added to the Veeam Backup for GCP infrastructure and are also displayed in the Veeam Backup for GCP infrastructure.

    To deploy a standard backup repository, follow steps described in the Adding Standard Backup Repository section.

    To deploy an archive repository, follow steps described in Adding Archive Repository section.