Backup Files

For every backup job within Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Plug-in creates and stores database backup files, and separate metadata files for each of the backup files. The backup files provide a consistent and integrated way for Veeam Plug-ins to store and manage backup data, while ensuring that the data is protected, accessible and can be quickly restored when needed.

All backup files created by the backup job reside in a dedicated job folder in the backup repository.

Backup Files

Veeam Plug-in stores backup files in the following formats:

In the initial backup session, Veeam Plug-in writes backup data about each backed-up database in a separate, newly created backup file. During subsequent backup sessions, Veeam Plug-in can continue writing backup data in the existing backup file or create a new file. Veeam Plug-in creates a new file in the following cases:

Keep in mind the following:

If you use the scale-out backup repository as a backup target, Veeam Plug-in can create a backup file for the backed-up database on each repository extent.

Reuse of Backup Files

During backup and restore operations, Veeam Plug-in creates and stores backup files in the Veeam Backup & Replication backup database. Starting from Veeam Backup & Replication 12.1, Veeam Plug-in can also reuse backup files by placing multiple backups in a single .VAB file. This approach helps with optimizing the number of objects in the backup database. Veeam Plug-in reuses backup files considering the following backup file limits:

After one of the limits is archived, Veeam Plug-in closes the backup file and cannot add new data to this file. Keep in mind that Veeam Plug-in must close the backup file to allow Veeam Backup & Replication to perform the following operations: