Storage Settings

To specify advanced storage settings for the file backup job:

  1. At the Backup Repository step of the wizard, click Advanced.
  2. On the Storage tab, specify data reduction and encryption settings:
  • From the Compression level list, select a compression level for the backup: NoneDedupe-friendlyOptimalHigh or Extreme.
  • To encrypt the content of backup files, select the Enable backup file encryption check box. In the Password field, select a password that you want to use for encryption. If you have not created the password beforehand, click Add or use the Manage passwords link to specify a new password. For more information, see the Password Manager section.

If the backup server is not connected to Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager and does not have the Veeam Universal License or a legacy socket-based Enterprise or Enterprise Plus license installed, you will not be able to restore data from encrypted backups in case you lose the password. Veeam Backup & Replication will display a warning about it. For more information, see the Decrypting Data Without Password section.


Consider the following:

  • If you enable encryption for an existing backup job, during the next job session Veeam Backup & Replication will back up all the files of the file share to a new backup file irrespective of whether they changed or not. The created backup files and subsequent backup files will be encrypted with the specified password.
  • If you enable encryption for an existing job, Veeam Backup & Replication does not encrypt the previous backup chain created by this job.
  • You can also use KMS keys for encryption. For more information, see the Key Management System Keys section.
  • [For Veeam Backup & Replication 12.1.2 (build and later] If you plan to store backups in Veeam Data Cloud Vault, you must enable encryption.
  1. If you want to save this set of settings as the default one, click Save as default. When you create a new job, the saved settings will be offered as the default. This also applies to all users added to the backup server.

Storage Settings

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