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How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent

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Daniil Fedorov
August 2, 2021

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:

https://www.veeam.com/windows-endpoint-server-backup-free.html

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.

How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent

Accept all terms and proceed to install. The install is straightforward and will finish automatically.

Skip the removable backup target

How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent

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

How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent

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.

How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent

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.

How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent

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.

How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent

Click Next and chose the backup destination, in this example we will make a backup to shared drive.

How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent

 

“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:

How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent

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.

How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent

Click Apply, check the summary and check “Run the job when I click Finish” option. And click Finish.

How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent

The backup will begin shortly, and we can check full its status by clicking on the job and then on “Processing

How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent

After job is complete, we can view our backup on our network drive:

How to Backup Windows Server with Veeam Backup Agent

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