Mount Server

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    The mount server is required if you restore VM guest OS files and application items to the original location or perform secure restore. The mount server lets you route VM traffic by an optimal way, reduce load on the network and speed up the restore process.

    When you perform file-level, application item or secure restore, Veeam Backup & Replication needs to mount the content of the backup file to a staging server (or the original VM for restore to the Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle VMs). Once the VM backup is mounted, Veeam Backup & Replication copies files or items to their destination through this mount server or VM. For more information about possible mount points, see File-Level Restore Scenarios.

    The staging server must be located in the same site as the backup repository where backup files are stored. In this case, you will be able to keep the VM traffic in one site. If the staging server is located in some other site, the data will need to travel across the network between the sites.

    Mount Server 

    Mount Server Deployment

    The mount server is created for every backup repository and is associated with it. When you configure a backup repository, you define which server you want to use as a mount server for this backup repository. By default, Veeam Backup & Replication assigns the mount server role to the following machines:

    For scale-out backup repositories, you must define the mount server for every extent.

    If you do not want to use default mount servers, you can assign the mount server role to any 64-bit Microsoft Windows machine in the backup infrastructure. It is recommended that you configure at least one mount server in each site and associate this mount server with the backup repository residing in this site. The mount server and backup repository must be located as close to each other as possible.

    Mount Server Note:

    For cloud repositories and hosts that store replicas or backups from storage snapshots, the mount server role is assigned to the Veeam backup server. For such repositories, you cannot assign the mount server role to a different machine.

    Mount Servers Services and Components

    On the mount server machine, Veeam Backup & Replication installs the Veeam Mount Service. The Veeam Mount Service requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2. If Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2 is not installed on the machine, Veeam Backup & Replication will install it automatically.

    Requirements for Mount Servers

    A machine that performs the role of a mount server must meet the following requirements:

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