At the Storage step of the wizard, define the backup (short-term) and archive (long-term) repositories, where the file share backup job must store backup files, and short-term and long-term retention policy settings.
To learn what types of storages you can assign the role of the backup or archive repository to, see NAS Backup Support
- From the Backup repository drop-down list, select a short-term backup repository where backup files must be stored. When you select a backup repository, Veeam Backup & Replication automatically checks the amount of free space left. Make sure that you have enough free space to store backups.
- You can map the job to a specific backup stored on the backup repository. Backup job mapping allows you to move backup files to a new backup repository and to point the job to existing backups on this new backup repository. You can also use backup job mapping if the configuration database got corrupted and you need to reconfigure backup job settings.
To map the job to a backup, click the Map backup link. In the opened Select Backup window, select a backup on the backup repository. Backups can be easily identified by job names. To find the backup, you can also use the search field at the bottom of the window.
- Use the Keep all file versions for the last field to define short-term retention policy: specify how long copies of all recent file versions must be kept in the short-term backup repository. You can restore the entire file share to any point in time within the period specified in this setting.
- If you need to keep versions of some files in the archive repository for a longer time after these versions are moved from the short-term backup repository according to the short-term retention policy, configure the long-term file retention policy. This allows moving previous versions of files and folders to a cheaper archive storage.
To use the archive repository, select the Keep previous file versions for check box. In the fields on the right, specify the number of months or years during which backup files must be retained.
This setting calculates time starting from the creation of the backup files in the backup repository.
- In the Archive repository drop-down list, select the storage to be used as a long-term repository where archived files and folders will be stored.
By default, all files deleted from the short-term backup repository will be moved to the long-term archive repository. If you do not need all the files in the long-term archive, you can choose what files to keep.
- To specify what files must be archived or excluded from the archive, do the following:
- Click Choose to open the File Archive Settings window.
- Under Limit number of file versions to keep, specify how many file versions must be archived:
- Active file versions to keep — select this check box to archive files currently existing in the source file share. Specify how many recent versions of active files copied from the short-term repository must be stored in the long-term repository.
- Deleted file versions to keep — select this check box to archive files deleted from the source file share. Specify how many latest versions of deleted files copied from the short-term repository must be stored in the long-term repository.
- Under Files to archive, specify what files must be archived:
- All files — select this option to archive all files deleted from the short-term repository.
- All files except the following extensions — select this option to exclude files with certain extensions from the selection to be archived. Specify extensions for files to exclude from the selection. Files with the specified extensions will not be copied to the long-term repository.
- Files with the following extensions only — select this option to archive files with certain extensions only. Specify extensions for files to archive. Files with these extensions will be copied to the long-term repository from the short-term storage.