Performing EC2 Instance Backup

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    To produce image-level backups of EC2 instances, Veeam Backup for AWS runs backup policies. A backup policy is a collection of settings that define the way backup operations are performed: what data to back up, where backups must be stored, when the backup process must start and so on.

    One backup policy can be used to process multiple EC2 instances within different regions, but you can back up each EC2 instance with one backup policy at a time. If an EC2 instance is added to more than one backup policy, it will be processed only by a backup policy that has the highest priority. Other backup policies will skip this EC2 instance from processing. For information on how to set a priority for a backup policy, see Setting Policy Priority.

    To schedule data protection tasks to run automatically, create backup policies. For each protected EC2 instance, you can also take a cloud-native snapshot manually when needed.


    In Veeam Backup for AWS, you can protect only EC2 instances that run in a VPC. EC2-Classic instances are not supported. For details, see this Veeam KB article.

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