Protection Group Types
Veeam Backup & Replication offers several methods to specify computers on which you want to install and manage Veeam Plug-ins. You can create protection groups that include the following types of objects:
- Individual computers
You can organize individual computers into a protection group by specifying the necessary computers in the protection group settings. This option is recommended for smaller environments that do not have Microsoft Active Directory deployed.
- Microsoft Active Directory objects
You can create protection groups that include one or more Microsoft Active Directory objects: entire domain, container, organization unit, group, computer or cluster. This allows you to manage Veeam Plug-ins on computers being part of an Active Directory domain. Protection groups that include Active Directory domain, containers, groups and organization units are dynamic in their nature. For example, if a new computer is added to a container, Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically discover this computer and start managing this computer as specified in the protection group settings.
You can specify a protection scope based on Active Directory objects in one of the following ways:
- You can select individual Active Directory objects that you want to include in a protection group, for example, selected organization units and computers.
- You can include in the protection group an entire domain or other Active Directory object (such as a container or organization unit) and exclude specific child objects being part of this object, for example, selected organization units and computers.
- Computers listed in a CSV file
You can add multiple computers to a protection group by importing a list of computers from a CSV file. Protection groups that include computers listed in a CSV file are also dynamic. If a new computer appears in a CSV file after the protection group is created, during the next protection group rescan session, Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically update the protection group settings to include the added computer.