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Recipe: Create a Veeam NAS Backup Job

Expected deliverables:

A Veeam NAS Backup Job to protect files and folders on a file share.

Time to complete: 5 minutes


  • Backup infrastructure components that will take part in the file share backup process must be added to the backup infrastructure and properly configured. These include source file shares to back up, backup proxy, and all repositories, including cache, backup and archive repositories.
  • The target backup repository must have enough free space to store created backup files.

Before you start:

Antivirus software may significantly slow down file share backup jobs. To improve performance, we recommend you exclude the “c:\Program Files (x86)\Veeam\Backup Transport\x64\VeeamAgent.exe” process from the antivirus scan on machines running the file backup proxy and backup repository roles.


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


  1. On the Home tab, click Backup Job > File Share
  2. At the Name step of the wizard, specify a job name and description.
  3. At the Files and Folders step, select files and folders that you want to back up. Click Add.
    • From the Server list, select a file share on which the necessary files or folders reside,
    • In the Folders tree, select folders you want to backup.
  4. At the Storage step, define the backup and archive repositories where the file share backup job must store backup files, and settings for moving files and folders to these repositories
    • From the Backup repository drop-down list, select a repository where backup files must be stored. Make sure it has enough free space.
    • Use the “Keep all file versions for the last” field to specify how long copies of all recent file versions in the selected file share must be kept in the backup repository.
    • To use the archive repository (for longer retention), select the “Keep previous file versions” for check box. Then, specify the number of months or years during which backup files must be retained. From the “Archive repository” drop-down list, select the repository to store archived files and folders.
  5. At the Secondary Target step, optionally you can specify a secondary repository that will be used to store additional copies of backup files from the backup storage for redundancy.
    • Click Add. From the list of existing repositories, select a repository that will keep additional copy of the backup files.
  6. At the Schedule step of the wizard, select to run the backup job manually or schedule the job to run on a regular basis. Click Apply.
  7. At the Summary step of the wizard, review details of the backup job. Select the “Run 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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