Decrypting Data with Password
To unlock an encrypted file, you must specify a password. The password must be the same as the password that was used to encrypt the backup file.
To decrypt a backup file:
- Import an encrypted backup file to the Veeam Backup & Replication console. After the import, the encrypted backup will appear under the Backups > Disk (encrypted) node in the inventory pane.
- In the inventory pane, select Disk (encrypted).
- In the working area, select the imported backup and click Specify Password on the ribbon or right-click the backup and select Specify password.
- In the Description field of the Specify Password window, Veeam Backup & Replication displays a hint for the password that was used to encrypt the backup file. Use the hint to recall the password.
- In the Password field, enter the password for the backup file.
If you changed the password one or several times while the backup chain was created, you must enter passwords in the following manner:
- If you select a metadata file (VBM) for import, you must specify the latest password that was used to encrypt files in the backup chain.
- If you select a full backup file (VBK) for import, you must specify the whole set of passwords that were used to encrypt files in the backup chain.
If you enter correct passwords, Veeam Backup & Replication will decrypt the backup file. The backup will be moved under the Backups > Disk (Imported) node in the inventory pane. You can perform restore operations with the backup file in a regular manner.
You can recover data from encrypted backups even if the password is lost. Restoring data without a password is included in the Veeam Universal License. When using a legacy socket-based license, Enterprise or higher edition is required. Also, your backup server must be connected to Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager. For more information, see Decrypting Data Without Password.