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Recipe: Create a Veeam Backup Copy Job

Expected deliverables:

A Veeam Backup Copy Job to create a secondary copy of the backups and meet the 3-2-1 rule.

Time to complete: 5 minutes


  • Backup infrastructure components that will take part in the backup copy process must be added to the backup infrastructure. This include source and target backup repositories.
  • If you plan to use WAN accelerators, check that you use the Enterprise Plus edition of Veeam Backup & Replication and that target and source WAN accelerators are added to the backup infrastructure.
  • You need the source VM or Computer (Agent) has at least one successfully created restore point to be copied with a Backup Copy Job.

Before you start:

Within one backup copy job, Veeam Backup & Replication processes workloads of one platform only.


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


  1. On the Home tab, click Backup Copy and select a platform like “VMware vSphere backup”, “Windows computer backup” or “Microsoft Hyper-V backup” among many others.
  2. At the Name step of the wizard, specify a job name and description. Select a backup copy mode:
    • Select “Immediate copy” to copy new restore points and, if required, log backups as soon as they appear.
    • Select “Periodic copy” to copy the most recent restore points once within a backup copy interval. In the “Copy every” field, specify the backup copy interval.
  3. At the Objects step, select workloads whose restore points you want to copy to the target backup repository
    • Click Add and select a type of a source from which you want to copy restore points: From jobs, From repositories or From infrastructure (this one is only available for Periodic Copy).
    • In the Add Objects window, select the necessary sources or workloads and click in Add.
    • (For the immediate copy mode) If you have configured processing of transaction log backups in the source backup jobs, and want to copy these log backups to the target repository, select the “Include database transaction log backups” check box.
  4. At the Target step, define a target backup repository and configure retention policy:
    • From the Backup repository list, select a backup repository where copied backups must be stored. Make sure it has enough free space.
    • 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 certain full backups longer for archival purposes” check box and configure GFS options.
  5. At the Data Transfer step you can select how Veeam will transport backed up data — directly (default) or through WAN accelerators.
    • If you select the “Through built-in WAN accelerators” option, you must select a source and target WAN Accelerator from the list.
  6. At the Schedule step of the wizard, you can define a time span in which the backup copy job must not transport data between source and target backup repositories. By default the Job will run continously (Any time). Click Apply.
  7. At the Summary step of the wizard, review details of the backup copy job. Select the “Enable the job when I click Finish” check box if you want to start the job right after you finish working with the wizard, otherwise leave the check box unselected. Then click Finish to close the wizard

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