Step 4. Specify Backup Job Settings

At the Backup Destination step of the wizard, do the following:

  1. In the Backup repository drop-down list, select a backup repository where you want to store backups.

For a backup repository to be displayed in the list of the available repositories, it must be added to the backup infrastructure, and the backup appliance must have access to the repository.


You can back up oVirt VMs to object storage repositories. However, it is recommended that you use the backup appliance as a gateway server to transfer backed-up data. To do that, enable SSH access on the backup appliance and add the appliance 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 appliance. For more information on object storage repository configuration, see the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide, section Adding Object Storage Repositories.

  1. In the Retention policy section, choose a retention policy that Veeam Backup for OLVM and RHV will apply to backups created by the job:
  • Select days if you want to keep restore points in a backup chain for the allowed period of time. If a restore point is older than the specified limit, Veeam Backup for OLVM and RHV removes it from the chain.
  • Select restore points if you want a backup chain to contain only the allowed number of restore points. If the number of allowed restore points is exceeded, Veeam Backup for OLVM and RHV removes the earliest restore point from the chain.

When the restore point limit is exceeded, Veeam Backup for OLVM and 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 OLVM and 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 OLVM and 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 oVirt VM backups, you must consider the following requirements:

  • Active full backups must be scheduled in the backup job settings.
  • The backup job retention period must be longer than the backup repository immutability period.

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 OLVM and 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).

Backup Destination