Step 3. Configure Repository Settings

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    At the Settings step of the wizard, configure settings for the backup repository:

    1. In the Account section, select an Azure account whose permissions Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure will use to access Azure storage accounts that will be used as target locations. For more information on permissions required for the Azure account, see Azure Account Permissions.

    For an account to be displayed in the Azure Account list, it must be added to Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure as described in section Adding Azure Service Account or Adding Repository Accounts. If you have not added the necessary repository account to Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure beforehand, you can do it without closing the Add Repository wizard. To add an account, click Add and complete the Add Repository Account wizard.

    1. In the Location section, do the following:
    1. Click Specify storage account.

    In the Select storage account window, select a storage account where the target blob container resides. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure will use the account to access the backup repository.

    For a storage account to be displayed in the Account list, it must be created in the Microsoft Azure portal as described in Microsoft Docs.

    Important

    Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure does not support creation of backup repositories in storage accounts with the enabled blob soft delete option.

    1. Click Not specified.

    In the Select container window, select a blob container that will be used as a target location for backups of Azure resources.

    For a container to be displayed in the Container list, it must be created for the selected storage account in the Microsoft Azure portal as described in Microsoft Docs.

    1. Choose whether you want to use an existing folder inside the selected blob container or to create a new one to group backups stored in the container.
    • To create a new folder, select the Create new folder option and specify a name for the folder. The maximum length of the name is 256 characters; the dash (/) and backslash (\) characters are not supported.
    • To use an existing folder, select the Use existing folder option and click Select folder. In the Select folder window, select the necessary folder and click Apply.

    For a folder to be displayed in the Folder list, it must be created by any backup appliance as a repository (either existing or already removed from the backup infrastructure) in the selected blob container.

    Important

    If you select an existing folder for storing backups, mind the following:

    • The created backup repository will have the storage tier that has been specified when creating the folder. You cannot change the storage tier for the repository.
    • If encryption at the repository level is enabled for the selected folder, you must provide a password or an encryption key for this folder at step 4 of the wizard.
    • If the selected folder already contains backups created by the Veeam backup service, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure will import the backup data to the configuration database. You can use this data to perform all disaster recovery operations described in section Performing Restore.

    By default, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure applies retention settings saved in the backup metadata to the imported backups. However, if the selected folder contains backups of resources that you plan to protect by a backup policy with the created repository specified as a backup target, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure will rewrite the saved retention settings and will apply to the imported backups new retention settings configured for that backup policy.

    1. [This step applies only if you have selected the Create new folder option] In the Storage class section, choose whether you want to specify a tier or to instruct Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure to automatically create 3 separate repositories for the Hot, Cool and Archive access tiers.

    If you select the Choose your tier option, you must specify the access tier type to manage costs of storing backed-up data.

    • Select the Hot tier if you plan to access the backed-up data frequently.
    • Select the Cool tier if you plan to store backed-up data for at least 30 days and do not need to access it frequently.
    • Select the Archive tier if you plan to store backed-up data for at least 180 days. Consider that to restore data from an archive, you first need to retrieve data from it. For more information on how to retrieve data, see Retrieving Data from Archive.

    Important

    If you select the Archive tier for a backup repository, mind the following:

    • Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure supports only the following storage account data redundancy options: locally redundant storage (LRS), geo-redundant storage (GRS), read-access geo-redundant storage (RA-GRS).
    • The archive tier is not available in several Azure regions. For more information, see Microsoft Docs.
    • Select the Inferred tier if you plan to use the same access tier as specified for the storage account where the selected repository resides.

    For more information on access tiers for blob storage accounts, see Microsoft Docs.

    Configuring Repository Settings