Step 4. Configure Backup Repository Settings

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    At the Repository step of the wizard, specify path and load control repository settings.

    1. In the Location section, specify a path to the folder where backup files must be stored. Click Populate to check capacity and available free space in the selected location.
      • For Dell EMC Data Domain, click Browse and select a location from the list of available paths.
      • For HPE StoreOnce, select a Catalyst store from the list.
    1. [For Linux repository] Select the Use fast cloning on XFS volumes check box to enable copy-on-write functionality. In terms of Veeam Backup & Replication, this functionality is known as Fast Clone. For more information, see Fast Clone.
    2. [For hardened repository] To prohibit deletion of blocks of data from the backup repository, select the Make recent backups immutable for check box and specify the immutability period. For more information, see Hardened (Immutable) Repository.
    3. Use the Load control section to limit the number of concurrent tasks and data ingestion rate for the backup repository. These settings will help you control the load on the backup repository and prevent possible timeouts of storage I/O operations.

     

      • Select the Limit maximum concurrent tasks check box and specify the maximum allowed number of concurrent tasks for the backup repository. If this value is exceeded, Veeam Backup & Replication will not start a new task until one of current tasks finishes. For more information, see Limiting the Number of Concurrent Tasks.

    Note

    The Limit read and write data rates to settings does not apply to health checks performed as part of backup and backup copy jobs. Even if you limit read/write rate for a backup repository, the health check will consume resources of the backup repository regardless of this setting. Bear this limitation in mind when configuring basic and health check schedules for backup and backup copy jobs.

    Step 4. Configure Backup Repository Settings 

    1. Click Advanced to configure additional settings for the backup repository:
      • For storage systems using a fixed block size, select the Align backup file data blocks check box. Veeam Backup & Replication will align VM data saved to a backup file at a 4 KB block boundary.
      • When you enable compression for a backup job, Veeam Backup & Replication compresses VM data at the source side and then transports it to the target side. Writing compressed data to a deduplicating storage appliance results in poor deduplication ratios as the number of matching blocks decreases. To overcome this situation, select the Decompress backup data blocks before storing check box. If data compression is enabled for a job, Veeam Backup & Replication will compress VM data on the source side, transport it to the target side, decompress VM data on the target side and write raw VM data to the storage device to achieve a higher deduplication ratio.

    Note

    Veeam Backup & Replication does not compress VM data if encryption is enabled for a job, and the Decompress backup data blocks before storing check box is selected in the settings of the target backup repository. Therefore, in the job statistics, you may observe a higher amount of transferred data (the Transferred counter) as compared to a job for which encryption is disabled. For details on job statistics, see Viewing Real-Time Statistics.

      • To create a separate backup file for every machine in the job, select the Use per-machine backup files check box. This setting is recommended if you use a deduplicating storage appliance as a backup repository. Veeam Backup & Replication will write machine data to the backup repository in several streams, which will improve the backup job performance. However, in this case Veeam Backup & Replication will not deduplicate data between VMs added to the job. For more information, see Per-machine Backup Files.

    Step 4. Configure Backup Repository Settings 

    Settings for Deduplicating Storage Appliances

    If you use a deduplicating storage appliance as a backup repository, Veeam Backup & Replication automatically sets advanced settings to the following ones:

    Dell EMC Data Domain

    • The Align backup file data blocks option is disabled and cannot be changed.
    • The Decompress backup data blocks before storing option is enabled.
    • The This repository is backed by rotated hard drives option is disabled and cannot be changed.
    • The Use per-machine backup files option is enabled.

    ExaGrid

    • The Align backup file data blocks option is disabled and must not be changed.
    • The Decompress backup data blocks before storing option is disabled.
    • The This repository is backed by rotated hard drives option is disabled and cannot be changed.
    • The Use per-machine backup files option is enabled.
    • Limit max concurrent tasks is equal to 10 (recommended).

    Quantum DXi

    • The Align backup file data blocks option is disabled and must not be changed.
    • The Decompress backup data blocks before storing option is enabled.
    • The This repository is backed by rotated hard drives option is disabled and cannot be changed.
    • The Use per-machine backup files option is enabled.

    HPE StoreOnce

    • The Align backup file data blocks option is disabled and must not be changed.
    • The Decompress backup data blocks before storing option is enabled.
    • The This repository is backed by rotated hard drives option is disabled and cannot be changed.
    • The Use per-machine backup files option is enabled and cannot be changed.
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