Backup Copy Modes

Veeam Backup & Replication offers two backup copy modes:

  • Immediate copy

In the immediate copy mode, Veeam Backup & Replication copies restore points as soon as they appear in a source backup repository. Veeam Backup & Replication copies only restore points created by source backup jobs (backup jobs that you select when configuring a backup copy job). Veeam Backup & Replication can also copy transaction log backups if you enable this capability in job settings.

The immediate copy mode is supported for the following backup types:

  • Backups created with Veeam Backup & Replication
  • Backups created with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows or Veeam Agent for Linux operating in the managed mode

Only backups created by backup jobs managed by the backup server are supported.

  • Backups created with Veeam Plug-ins for Enterprise Applications
  • Periodic copy

In the periodic copy mode, Veeam Backup & Replication copies restore points once an interval specified in backup copy job settings. This interval is also known as backup copy interval. For more information, see Backup Copy Intervals.

Veeam Backup & Replication can copy restore points created by backup jobs or restore points of individual machines. If you select backup jobs when configuring copy job settings, Veeam Backup & Replication copies only restore points that selected backup jobs create. If you select machines, Veeam Backup & Replication copies all restore points of the selected machines — even restore points created by different backup jobs.

The periodic copy mode is supported for the following backup types:

  • Backups created with Veeam Backup & Replication
  • Backups created with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows or Veeam Agent for Linux operating in the standalone or managed mode

For the managed mode, backups created by both backup jobs managed by the backup server and jobs managed by Veeam Agent are supported.

  • Backups created with Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris
  • Backups created with Veeam Backup for Nutanix AHV
  • Backups created with Veeam Backup for AWS
  • Backups created with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure

Backup Copy Modes Note:

Veeam Backup & Replication does not allow you to change the selected backup copy mode because the operating logic and created data are very different in these modes. If you want to change the mode, you need to create a new backup copy job in the required mode and create a seed for it. Note that the seed must also be created in the same mode as the new backup copy job. For more information, see Creating Seed for Backup Copy Job.

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