Storage Settings

To specify storage settings for the backup job:

  1. At the Storage step of the wizard, click Advanced.
  2. Click the Storage tab.
  3. By default, Veeam Backup & Replication deduplicates VM data before storing it in the backup repository. Data deduplication provides a smaller backup file size but may reduce the backup job performance. For more information on data deduplication, see Deduplication.

To disable data deduplication, clear the Enable inline data deduplication check box. When you disable data deduplication, you also change the workflow for incremental backups. If Changed Block Tracking (CBT) is enabled for the job, Veeam Backup & Replication will save all data blocks marked by CBT as new to the destination storage without performing an additional check or using Veeam filtering mechanism. It will result in faster creation of incremental backups. However, backup files may increase in size.


The option that allows you to enable or disable data deduplication is not available for an object storage repository due to its underlying functionality. The backup to object storage applies various improvements to optimize storage consumption and make the backup process faster.

If you have selected such a repository at the Storage step of the wizard, the Enable inline data deduplication check box will not be displayed.

  1. By default, Veeam Backup & Replication checks the NTFS MFT file on VMs with Microsoft Windows OS to identify data blocks of the hiberfil.sys file (file used for the hibernate mode) and pagefile.sys file (swap file) and excludes these data blocks from processing. The swap file is dynamic and changes intensively between backup job sessions, even if the VM itself does not change much. Processing of service files reduces the job performance and increases the size of incremental backup files.

If you want to include data blocks of the hiberfil.sys file and pagefile.sys file to the backup, clear the Exclude swap file blocks check box. For more information, see Swap Files.

  1. By default, Veeam Backup & Replication does not copy deleted file blocks ("dirty" blocks on the VM guest OS) to the target location. This option lets you reduce the size of backup files and increase job performance. If you want to include dirty data blocks in the backup, clear the Exclude deleted file blocks check box. For more information, see Deleted File Blocks.
  2. From the Compression level list, select a compression level for the backup: None, Dedupe-friendly, Optimal, High or Extreme. For more information on data compression, see Compression and Deduplication.
  3. In the Storage optimization section, select the block size that will be used to process VMs. For more information on the data block sizes and how they affect performance, see Storage Optimization.
  4. To encrypt the content of backup files, select the Enable backup file encryption check box. In the Password field, select a password that you want to use for encryption. If you have not created the password beforehand, click Add or use the Manage passwords link to specify a new password. For more information, see Managing Passwords for Data Encryption.

If the backup server is not connected to Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager, you will not be able to restore data from encrypted backups in case you lose the password. Veeam Backup & Replication will display a warning about it. For more information, see Decrypting Data Without Password.


Consider the following:

  • If you enable encryption for an existing backup job, Veeam Backup & Replication will create a full backup file during the next job session. The created full backup file and subsequent incremental backup files in the backup chain will be encrypted with the specified password.
  • Encryption is not retroactive. If you enable encryption for an existing job, Veeam Backup & Replication does not encrypt the previous backup chain created by this job. If you want to start a new chain so that the unencrypted previous chain can be separated from the encrypted new chain, see this Veeam KB article.
  • [For Veeam Backup & Replication 12.1.2 (build and later] If you plan to store backups in Veeam Data Cloud Vault, you must enable encryption.

Storage Settings 

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