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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4
User Guide for Microsoft Hyper-V

VM Guest OS File Exclusion

If you do not want to back up specific files and folders on the VM guest OS, you can exclude them from the backup. Note that this option is available only in the Enterprise and Enterprise Plus Editions of Veeam Backup & Replication.

To define what files and folders must be excluded:

  1. At the Guest Processing step of the wizard, select the Enable application-aware processing check box.
  2. Click Applications.
  3. In the displayed list, select the VM and click Edit.

To define custom settings for a VM added as part of a VM container, you must include the VM in the list as a standalone object. To do this, click Add and choose a VM whose settings you want to customize. Then select the VM in the list and define the necessary settings.

  1. Click the File Exclusions tab and specify what files must be excluded from the backup:
    • Select Exclude the following files and folders to remove the individual files and folders from the backup.
    • Select Include only the following files and folders to leave only the specified files and folders in the backup.
  1. Click Add and specify what files and folders you want to include or exclude. 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 VM Guest OS Files.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Repeat steps 5-6 for every file or folder that you want to exclude or include.

VM Guest OS File Exclusion Note:

Volumes on the dynamic disks must not be split. Spanned, striped and other types of split volumes cannot be excluded.

VM Guest OS File Exclusion 

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