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Recipe: Adding NFS File Share

Expected deliverables:

A new NFS File Share 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.
  • NFS file share must run NFS protocol version 3 or 4.1

Before you start:

Backup of file shares on Linux hosts added with single use credentials is not supported.


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


  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 “NFS share”.
  3. At the NFS File Share step of the wizard, specify the path to an NFS file share in the “server:/folder” format. If you want Veeam to back up data from native storage snapshots, click Advanced:
    • Select “Backup from a native storage snapshot at the following path” and specify the path in the “server:/folder” format to the folder on the NFS file share where the file share snapshot is saved.
    • Select “Failover to direct backup if a snapshot is not available” if you want Veeam to read data for backup directly from the file share when the snapshot is unavailable.
  4. At the Processing step of the wizard:
    • Click Choose next to the Backup proxy field to select a backup proxy (Default: All proxies)
    • 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.
  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 added NFS share and click Finish to exit the wizard.

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