Step 4. Specify Repository
At the Backup Destination step of the wizard, do the following:
- In the Backup repository drop-down list, select a backup repository where you want to store backups.
You can back up RHV VMs to object storage repositories. However, it is recommended that you use the RHV backup proxy as a gateway server to transfer backed-up data. To do that, enable SSH access on the RHV backup proxy and add the proxy as a Linux server to the backup infrastructure. Then, edit your object storage repository configuration to choose the Through gateway server connection type and select the proxy. For more information on object storage repository configuration, see the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide, section Adding Object Storage Repositories.
- In the Restore Points to keep field, specify the number of restore points that you want to keep in a backup chain.
When the restore point limit is exceeded, Veeam Backup for RHV removes the earliest restore point from the chain. For more information, see section Retention Policy.
If the UUID of a VM changes (for example, if the VM was migrated to another cluster), Veeam Backup for RHV will be unable to continue the backup chain for this VM. After you re-add the VM to the backup job, Veeam Backup for RHV will start a new backup chain for it. However, you will still be able to perform restore operations using backups from the old backup chain.
If you use hardened repositories to store RHV VM backups, you must consider the following requirements:
For example, if the backup repository immutability period is set to 25 days, you can configure a one-month retention period: specify 4 as the number of restore points, schedule one backup per week and schedule active full backup to run on the last day of the month.
To help you implement a comprehensive backup strategy, Veeam Backup for RHV allows you to enable long-term retention policy for backups and to configure backup job advanced settings (such as backup maintenance, health check, active and synthetic full backups).