Backup Infrastructure Components

To start working with Veeam Backup & Replication, you must set up the backup infrastructure. The basic Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure consists of the following core components:

  • Backup server

A Microsoft Windows-based machine on which Veeam Backup & Replication is installed. The backup server performs main management operations: coordinates backup, replication and restore tasks, controls job scheduling and resource allocation.

  • Backup repository

A server where Veeam Backup & Replication keeps backup files, backup copies and metadata of replicated VMs.

  • VMware Backup Proxy

A component that retrieves data from the source host, processes it and transfers to the backup repository.

  • Infrastructure servers and hosts

VMware vSphere servers that you plan to use as source and target for backup, replication and other activities. Microsoft Windows and Linux servers for which you plan to assign roles of a VMware backup proxy or backup repository.


For details on all backup infrastructure components, see the Backup Infrastructure Components section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.

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