Veeam: Encrypting Backup Jobs

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Description:

Encrypting backup jobs with Veeam is pretty straightforward. You create a passphrase on the Veeam Server and it uses its technology to encrypt your backups for you.

To Resolve:

  1. Enable configuration backup encryption: Main Menu – Config Backup – Encrypt – Enter your password.

  2. Go into jobs and right click properties – Storage – Advanced – Storage – Check the box to use encryption.

  3. That’s literally all you have to do!

  4. More info: The backup job processing with encryption enabled includes the following steps:

    • You enable encryption for a backup job and specify a password.
    • Veeam Backup & Replication generates the necessary keys to protect backup data.
    • Veeam Backup & Replication encrypts data blocks on the backup proxy, either the dedicated or default one, and transfers them to the backup repository already encrypted.
    • On the backup repository, encrypted data blocks are stored to a resulting backup file.
  5. Restore of an encrypted backup file includes the following steps:

    • You import a backup file and define a password to decrypt the backup file. If the password has changed once or several times, you need to specify the password in the following manner:
    • If you import an incremental backup file, you need to specify the latest password that was used to encrypt files in the backup chain.
    • If you import a full backup file, you need to specify the whole set of passwords that were used to encrypt files in the backup chain.
    • Veeam Backup & Replication uses the provided password(s) to generate user key(s) and unlock the subsequent keys for backup file decryption.
    • Veeam Backup & Replication retrieves data blocks from the backup file, sends them to the source side and decrypts them on the backup proxy, either the dedicated or default one.

References:

https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/hyperv/config_backup_encrypted.html?ver=95

https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/hyperv/encryption_backup_copy_job.html?ver=95

A full walk through scenario: https://helpcenter.veeam.com/evaluation/backup/hyperv/en/em_restore_no_password.html