SMB (CIFS) Share

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    You can use SMB (CIFS) shares as backup repositories.

    SMB Backup Repository Deployment

    To communicate with an SMB backup repository, Veeam Backup & Replication uses two Veeam Data Movers that are responsible for data processing and transfer:

    • Veeam Data Mover on the backup proxy
    • Veeam Data Mover on the gateway server

    An SMB share cannot host Veeam Data Movers. For this reason, to communicate with the SMB share, you need to deploy a gateway server. Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically deploy a Veeam Data Mover on this gateway server. For more information, see Gateway Server.

    When any job addresses the SMB backup repository, Veeam Data Mover on the gateway server establishes a connection with Veeam Data Mover on the backup proxy, enabling efficient data transfer over LAN or WAN.

    If you plan to move VM data to an offsite SMB repository over a WAN link, it is recommended that you deploy an additional gateway server in the remote site, closer to the SMB repository.

    SMB (CIFS) Share 

    Requirements for SMB Backup Repositories

    A machine performing the role of an SMB repository must meet the following requirements:

    • The role of the repository can be assigned to a Microsoft Windows machine (physical or virtual).

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