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Recipe: Adding Enterprise Storage System as NAS Filer

Expected deliverables:

A new Enterprise NAS Filer added to Veeam Inventory which can be used as source in File share backup jobs.

Time to complete: 5 minutes


  • A File Proxy Server already available in Veeam Infrastructure
  • A Windows Server to be used as a Cached Repository located as close to the NAS filer as possible.
  • An enterprise NAS system already added to Veeam Infrastructure: NetApp Data ONTAP, Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series or Dell EMC Isilon.
  • If required to access the storage system, a user account that has Full Control permissions on the storage system must be provided.

Before you start:

Make sure the Enteprise NAS meets requirements listed in Platform Support


It’s assumed that the Enterprise NAS System has been already added to Veeam Infrastructure with proper privileges.


  1. Open the Inventory view. In the inventory pane, right-click the File Shares node and select “Add File Share”.
  2. In the “Add File Share” window, click “NAS filer”.
  3. At the NAS Filer step of the wizard:
    • Choose the NAS device where file shares you want to protect reside using the “Select NAS filer” drop-down list.
    • If you must specify user credentials to access the storage system, select the “Use the following account to access the NAS filer” check box and select the proper credentials from drop-down list.
    • If you have not set up credentials beforehand, click the Manage accounts link at the bottom of the list or click Add on the right to add the credentials.
  4. At the Processing step of the wizard:
    • From the Cache repository drop-down list, select a cache repository where temporary cache files must be stored.
    • Use the Backup I/O control slider to define how fast the backup proxy can read data from the source file share or leave the default.
    • For Dell EMC Isilon only, Select the “Use native changed files tracking” check box if you want to use the file change tracking technology provided by the storage vendor.
  5. At the Apply step of the wizard, wait until Veeam installs and configures all required components. Click Next.
  6. At the Summary step of the wizard, review details of the storage system added as a NAS filer and click Finish to exit the wizard.

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