Converting Backup Copy to Backup

If you have imported Veeam Plug-in backup copies from another server, you can convert them into regular backup files. When you convert a backup copy to a backup, Veeam Plug-in creates a backup job with the converted backup. You can use this backup job to continue a backup chain and use the converted backup as a restore point.

You can convert and unbind Veeam Plug-in backups into regular Veeam Plug-in backup files in the following cases:

  • If you have deleted a backup copy job which created the backup copy.
  • If you have excluded a backup job from a backup copy job that used multiple backup jobs as a source.
  • If you imported a Veeam Plug-in backup copy from another host.


If you want to restore from a backup copy, you do not need to convert the backup copy to the backup.


To convert a backup copy to a primary backup, do the following:

  1. Run the MSSQLConfigTool.exe command-line tool with the --promote-backup-copy-to-primary parameter:

MSSQLConfigTool.exe --promote-backup-copy-to-primary

  1. Veeam Plug-in will display the list of available backup copies. Type the necessary backup copy number and press [ENTER]. Then follow instructions in the command prompt.

Backup copies available for promotion to the primary backup target:

1. Backup Copy Job 1\SERV01 Microsoft SQL backup (Default Backup Repository)

Select a backup copy: 1

Proceed with the action?

1. Promote backup copy destination to the primary backup target

2. Cancel

Enter selection: 1

Promoting backup copy destination



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