You can use a Microsoft Windows server with local or directly attached storage as a backup repository. The storage can be a local disk, directly attached disk-based storage (such as a USB hard drive), or iSCSI/FC SAN LUN in case the server is connected into the SAN fabric.
Microsoft Windows Repository Deployment
To communicate with a Microsoft Windows-based repository, Veeam Backup & Replication uses two Data Mover Services that are responsible for data processing and transfer:
- Veeam Data Mover on a backup proxy
- Veeam Data Mover on the Microsoft Windows repository
When any job addresses the backup repository, the Data Mover Service on the backup proxy establishes a connection with the Data Mover Service on the backup repository, enabling efficient data transfer over LAN or WAN.
The Data Mover is installed automatically when you add a server to Veeam Backup & Replication as a managed server.
vPower NFS Server
Windows repositories can be configured to function as vPower NFS Servers. In this case, Veeam Backup & Replication will run the Veeam vPower NFS Service directly on the backup repository (namely, on the managing Windows server to which storage is attached) and provide ESXi hosts with transparent access to backed-up VM images stored on the backup repository. For more information, see Veeam vPower NFS Service.
Requirements for Microsoft Windows Server Based Repositories
A machine performing the role of a repository must meet the following requirements:
- The machine must meet the system requirements. For more information, see System Requirements.
- The role of the repository can be assigned to a Microsoft Windows machine (physical or virtual).
- You must add the machine to the Veeam Backup & Replication console as a managed server.