Veeam Backup and OneDrive / External file storage

Source: https://www.veeam.com/kb4018 and Veeam vendor support!

Understanding OneDrive File States

Only local files can be read and backed up by Veeam. If a file is stored only in OneDrive (or on a Synology NAS that has a similar feature as OneDrive "Files On-Demand"), such files have the "little cloud" icon overlay. This file is not actually on the hard drive of your machine. There is only a place holder of it. In case you need a restore of your files, such files will make the restore process stuck: Veeam will be expecting a stream of data (as big as the file) but there is nothing there - nothing to restore: the restore is stuck... (Even Veeam vendor support cannot help restore your files, in such a case.)

More information about file states can be found in Microsoft documentation here.

To create restorable / workable backups of your files, you need to make your files to be fully local.

Online-Only File icon with little blue cloud
Online-Only File
(Files On-Demand Enabled)
On-Demand Local File
Locally Available File
(Files On-Demand Enabled)
Always Local File
Always Available File
(Filess On-Demand Disabled)

 

Force all files and folders in OneDrive to be kept local

  1. Right-click the OneDrive icon in the notification area or the File Explorer.

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  2. Go to Settings > the "Settings" tab.

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  3. Under Files On-Demand, clear the "Save space and download files as you use them" check box.

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  4. Click OK twice.

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After that, all the OneDrive files will be downloaded to the computer and available for Veeam to be backed up.


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Created 11 February 2022 15:54:49 by Admin
Updated 31 October 2022 17:33:54 by Admin