How do I create a Backup Copy to Wasabi on Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 v7?

Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 v7 empowers customers to securely back up Office 365 to on-premises or cloud object storage. Wasabi has been validated to work with Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 v7.

Version 7 of Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 introduces immutability support for backup copy jobs. This knowledge base article details steps to create a backup copy job as well as enable immutability on backup copy jobs.
For more details about specific features please refer to Veeam's Documentation.
Note: The data restoration process is handled by your specific backup software application. As there are many potential variables that will affect your unique environment, it is strongly recommended that you seek the guidance of your backup software's technical support team in the event that you encounter difficulty, or have application-specific inquiries.
Please Note Veeam Backup for M365 supports immutability only for backup copies. 

 

Table of Contents

  1. Pre-requisites
  2. Add Organization
  3. Add Wasabi Cloud Storage
  4. Add Object Storage Repository
  5. Create a Backup Copy job
  6. Enable Immutability

 

1. Pre-requisites

  • Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 v7 installed and licensed.
  • Active Microsoft 365 account with two-step authentication turned On. 
  • Active Wasabi Cloud Storage account.
  • A standard Wasabi bucket created with access keys.

 

2. Add Organization

Please refer to section 2 of creating a backup to Wasabi on Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 v7 article.

 

3. Add Wasabi Cloud Storage

Please refer to section 3 of creating a backup to Wasabi on Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 v7 article.

 

4. Add Object Storage Repository

Please refer to section 4 of creating a backup to Wasabi on Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 v7 article.
 

5. Create a Backup Copy Job

This section details the steps to create a Backup copy job on Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 v7.

5.1 From the "Organizations" tab, click on the organization that needs to be backed up. Select the backup to be copied and Click on "Backup Copy". 

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5.2 Select the new object repository created in section 4 as the target backup repository. Click "Next" to continue.

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5.3 Select when to run the backup copy job and click "Save". In this example, we chose to run the backup copy job immediately. You can schedule the job to run at different times.

Optionally select "Terminate the job if it exceeds the allowed backup window" and specify allowed and prohibited hours for the backup copy job by clicking on "Window". Please review Veeam documentation for more details.  

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5.4 You will see the backup copy job created when you select your organization. On click on the  backup copy job, you can see the detailed status for the job. 

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5.5 Verify your data is being backed up to Wasabi by logging into the console. Navigate to the bucket used for the Backup copy job, and look for the copy data folder under backups.

 

6. Enable Immutability

In version 7 of Backup for Microsoft 365, Veeam introduced immutability support for backup copy jobs. This section details the procedure to create immutable backups using a backup copy job for your Microsoft 365 organization. 

6.1 Create an Object Lock enabled bucket.

Please follow the Wasabi guide to creating an Object Lock enabled bucket.

Note: Do not enable "Bucket-Level Object Retention" settings on the "Object Lock" tab for your bucket. The screenshot below illustrates the correct way to have Object Lock configured.

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6.2 Enable Immutability while configuring your Wasabi Object Storage. 

Immutability can be enabled when adding object storage to Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365. Object storage with enabled immutability can be used only to store backup copies. Immutable object storage can not be used to store backups from a backup job. Please refer to Veeam's documentation for immutability for more information.

The immutability period matches the duration of applying the retention policy configured for the backup repository which is extended with immutable object storage. Backups can not be deleted or modified for the period set by the retention policy. For more information, please refer to Veeam's documentation on Specify Retention Policy Settings.

Follow the steps below to create an immutable Wasabi object storage. 

6.2.1 From the "Backup Infrastructure" tab, click on "Object Storage", then click on "Add Object Storage". 

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6.2.2 Input a name for the storage and click "Next".

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6.2.3 Select "Wasabi Cloud Storage" and click "Next".

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6.2.4 Input the following details and click on "Next" to continue.

  • Service point- Service URL for Wasabi's storage region to use
  • Data center region- Name of the storage region
  • Wasabi S3 credentials- Access and secret keys for your Wasabi bucket. If these are not added already, click "Add" and input the Access and Secret key. Then click "OK" to add the keys.  

Note: This configuration example discusses the use of Wasabi's us-east-1 storage region. To use other Wasabi storage regions, please use the appropriate Wasabi service URL as described in our Wasabi Service URLs article.

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6.2.5 Select your bucket from the dropdown list. Click "Browse" to select a folder. Create a new folder in the folder window and click "OK". 

Select the checkbox for "Make backup copies immutable" to enable immutability for this object storage. Then click "Finish" to create the object storage.

Note: Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 introduces Object Lock functionality for backup copies only. When immutability is enabled by checking the "Make backup copies immutable" setting for an object storage, that object storage will only be available to be used for a "backup copy" job. 

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6.3 Add an Object storage repository. 

6.3.1 Click on "Backup Repositories" in the Backup Infrastructure tab, then click "Add Repository".

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6.3.2 Input a name and description, then click "Next".

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6.3.3 Select "Backup to object storage" and click "Next".

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6.3.4 Leave the default backup proxy (or select an alternative if you are using one), then click "Browse" to select the local cache path. Create a new cache folder or select an existing one. Click "OK".

Click "Next to continue.

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6.3.5 Select the previously created Wasabi Object Storage, then click "Next".

Note: You can optionally choose to encrypt the data which Veeam uploads to Wasabi. This will be 3rd party encryption provided by Veeam. Please refer to Veeam's documentation on Data encryption.

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6.3.6 Select the retention period and retention type as needed. Click "Finish" to create the repository.
  • Retention period: Select the retention period. Please note that this setting cannot be changed for immutable backup repositories.
  • Snapshot-based retention: Select this type if you want to keep an item until the restore point of an item's version is within the retention coverage.
  • Item-level retention: Select this type if you want to keep an item until its creation time or last modification time is within the retention coverage.

Advanced settings for retention policy can be configured by clicking on "Advanced". For more details please refer to Veeam's documentation on Retention policy settings.

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6.4 Create a Backup Copy job. Follow the steps in Section 5 above to create a Backup copy job. In step 5.2 select the recently created immutable Object storage repository.

6.5 Verify your data is being backed up to Wasabi by logging into the console. Navigate to the bucket used for Veeam Backups for Microsoft 365, and look for data. Ensure "show versions" is enabled on the Wasabi console to view Object lock details.  

 

 

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