How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent
Backups are always important for every organization, especially now when we face ransomware attacks everyday. Here is the instruction on how to easily make a backup of your windows server using Veeam agent.
Downloading and Installing Veeam Backup Agent
First, we need to download Veeam backup agent from official web site, here is the download link:
After download is complete, we need to install this software, you will need admin rights for that. Unzip the Veeam Agent Windows and run it.
Accept all terms and proceed to install. The install is straightforward and will finish automatically.
Skip the removable backup target
And in the next window click Finish
Creating Recovery Media
Now we need to create recovery media, keep all things by default and click Next
Select a path where you want to store this media, you can use local or network storage for that, in my case I will save it on local drive, click Next and Create. Wait until the image creation is complete, it will take some time.
Click Finish and open Veeam Agent in Windows tray.
Configuring Veeam Backup Agent
It will ask to install a license file, click No and then “Add new job”. The wizard will open.
First you need to specify the name of the job and click Next. After that we need to select the backup type. In our example I will make a full backup of entire computer.
Click Next and chose the backup destination, in this example we will make a backup to shared drive.
“Keep backups for 7 days” option specifies the depth of the archive. That's the number of days you want to keep backups on the server. If you make a backup every day and specify 8, the system backups for the last 8 days will be preserved. If you backup every other day, then 4 days, and so on.
You can create several tasks with different backup depths. For example: every day 7 days, once a week 30, and once a month 365. This way you will always have the last 7 backups of the system for that week. Then one backup per week for the last month and 12 backups per month for the last year.
Click on Advanced to add some extra settings, you need to go to Storage tab and enable backup encryption:
Create, enter and save strong password in your password manager. Click Ok, then Next.
Now we need to setup the Schedule, in this example I will make just one backup. So, I uncheck the daily option.
Click Apply, check the summary and check “Run the job when I click Finish” option. And click Finish.
The backup will begin shortly, and we can check full its status by clicking on the job and then on “Processing”
After job is complete, we can view our backup on our network drive: