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Recipe: Create an Agent Backup Job for Windows Computers (Server or Cluster)

Expected deliverables:

An Agent Backup Job to backup Windows servers or clusters using Veeam Agents.

Time to complete: 5 minutes


Before you start:

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows does not support file-level backup for backup jobs that include clusters.


It’s assumed that you already have a Veeam Backup Server fully working in your environment.


  1. On the Home tab, click Backup Job > Windows computer
  2. At the Job Mode step , in the Type field, select the type of protected computers whose data you want to back up with Veeam Agents (Select Server or Failover Cluster). If you selected the “Server computer” type in the Type field, in the Mode field select the job mode, either Managed by backup server (recommended) or Managed by agent.
  3. At the Name step of the wizard, specify a job name and description. Click Next.
  4. At the Computers step, select protection groups whose data you want to back up. Click Add > Protection group, then in the Select Object window select the required Protection Group(s) click Ok. Click Next.
  5. At the Backup Mode step, select the mode in which you want to create a backup. It could be Entire computer, Volume level backup or File level backup.
    • If you have selected the Volume level backup option, at the Objects step you must specify the backup scope — define what volumes you want to include in the backup.
    • If you have selected the File level backup option, at the Objects step you must specify the backup scope — define what folders with files or entire volumes you want to include in the backup.
  6. At the Storage step, from the Backup repository list, select a backup repository where you want to store Veeam Agent backups
    • In the Retention Policy field, specify retention policy settings whether based in Days or Restore Points.
    • If you want to enable GFS for Long-Term retention, then select the Keep some periodic full backups longer for archival purposes check box and configure GFS options.
    • By default Backup mode is Incremental with weekly Synthetic full backup. If you want a different backup mode, click in Advanced Settings and use the desired settings.
  7. At the Guest Processing step, if it’s required, you can check the Enable application-aware processing option.
  8. At the Schedule step, specify the schedule according to which you want to perform backup. Click Apply.
  9. At the Summary step of the wizard, review details of the backup job. If you want to start the job right after you close the wizard, select the “Run the job when I click Finish” check box, otherwise leave the check box unselected. Then click Finish to close the wizard

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