Importing Backup Files

If the Veeam Backup & Replication server has failed and you have restored it in a new location, you can copy the backup files to a new repository and re-map the Veeam Plug-in backup files.

Limitations and Prerequisites

Consider the following limitations:

  • If backup files are not imported according to instructions given in this section, Veeam Plug-in backup and restore operations may fail.
  • The repository from which you plan to import backups must be added to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure. Otherwise you will not be able to access backup files.
  • If you are importing backup files from a scale-out backup repository, the names of backup files and paths to backup files must contain only allowed characters:
  • Alphanumeric characters: a-zA-Z0-9
  • Special characters: _-.+=@^
  • Names of backup files and paths to backup files must not contain spaces.

How to Import Veeam Plug-in Backup Files

To import Veeam Plug-in backup files, do the following:

  1. Move the folder with the backup file to the required backup repository or create a new backup repository with this folder as a subfolder.


Each Veeam Plug-in backup file (.vab) has its own metadata file (.vasm). Make sure you import backup files and all related metadata files. You must also import the backup job metadata file (.vacm) which is stored in the same folder.

  1. In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, open the Backup Infrastructure view.
  2. In the inventory pane of the Backup Infrastructure view, select the Backup Repositories node.
  3. In the working area, select the required backup repository and click Rescan on the ribbon. Alternatively, you can right-click the backup repository and select Rescan.

During the rescan operation, Veeam Backup & Replication gathers information about backups that are currently available in the backup repository and updates the list of backups in the configuration database. After the rescan operation, backups that were not in this configuration database will be shown on the Home view in the Backups > Disk (Imported) node.

Rescan Backup Repository

  1. On the Microsoft SQL Server machine, set the new backup repository as a target in the Veeam Plug-in settings and map Veeam Plug-in to backups in the repository. For more information, see Configuring Veeam Plug-in for Microsoft SQL Server.