Performing EC2 Backup

To produce cloud-native snapshots, snapshot replicas and 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 to store backups, when to start the backup process, and so on.

One backup policy can be used to process multiple EC2 instances residing in different regions within one AWS account, 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.

For EC2 instances residing in any of the regions added to the backup policies, you can also take cloud-native snapshots manually when needed.


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

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