Veeam Backup & Replication 10
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About Backup Copy

With backup copy, you can create several instances of the same backup file and copy them to secondary (target) backup repositories for long-term storage. Target backup repositories can be located in the same site as the source backup repository or can be deployed offsite. The backup copy file has the same format as the primary backup, so you can restore necessary data directly from it in case of a disaster.

Veeam Backup & Replication supports backup copy for the following types of backups:

  • Backups of VMware vSphere or vCloud Director virtual machines created with Veeam Backup & Replication
  • Backups of Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines created with Veeam Backup & Replication
  • File share backups created with Veeam Backup & Replication

About Backup CopyImportant!

Consider the following:

  • You can copy backups of EC2 instances and Microsoft Azure virtual machines only if you have Enterprise Plus Edition of Veeam Backup & Replication.
  • Using a backup copy job, you can transfer backups of file shares, EC2 instances and Microsoft Azure virtual machines to on-premises repositories but not to cloud platforms.

When the backup copying process starts, Veeam Backup & Replication accesses backup files on the source backup repository, retrieves data blocks for a specific machine from the backup file, copies them to the target backup repository, and composes copied blocks into a backup file on the target backup repository. The backup copying process does not affect virtual and physical infrastructure resources, does not require creation of additional VM snapshots or VSS snapshots and does not produce load on machines whose backups are copied.

In Veeam Backup & Replication, backup copy is a job-driven process. To copy backups, you need to configure backup copy jobs. The backup copy job defines when, what, how and where to copy. Note that to copy file share backups, you need to configure a file share backup job, not the backup copy job. For more information, see Creating File Share Backup Jobs.

One backup copy job can be used to process one or multiple VMs. VMs included in the job are processed in parallel. If a VM included in the backup copy job has multiple disks, disks are processed sequentially, one after another.

On the target backup repository, the backup copy job creates a forever forward incremental backup chain. The target backup repository always contains only one active incremental backup chain. Restore points in the chain are managed according to the retention policy. For more information, see Retention Policy for Backup Copy Jobs.

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