SMB (CIFS) Share
You can use SMB (CIFS) shares as backup repositories.
SMB Backup Repository Deployment
To communicate with an SMB backup repository, Veeam Backup & Replication uses two Veeam Data Movers that are responsible for data processing and transfer:
- Veeam Data Mover on the backup proxy
- Veeam Data Mover on the gateway server
An SMB share cannot host Veeam Data Movers. For this reason, to communicate with the SMB share, you need to deploy a gateway server. Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically deploy a Veeam Data Mover on this gateway server. For more information, see Gateway Server.
When any job addresses the SMB backup repository, Veeam Data Mover on the gateway server establishes a connection with Veeam Data Mover on the backup proxy, enabling efficient data transfer over LAN or WAN.
If you plan to move VM data to an offsite SMB repository over a WAN link, it is recommended that you deploy an additional gateway server in the remote site, closer to the SMB repository.
Requirements for SMB Backup Repositories
A machine performing the role of an SMB 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).