This article covers two most popular scenarios of adding SMB repository to Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365
Note: Such repository type is on experimental support in the current version. So i.e. if a storage device supports both SMB 3.0 and iSCSI protocol, then the best practice would be to use the latter due to its ability to use Disk Queue which acts as a buffer space for data to land on before being sent off to disk.
If it’s a Windows-based shared folder, then it’s recommended to add the server it’s based on as aand connect the same storage as a directly attached disk.
Scenario 1: Microsoft Windows SMB share with authorization
Consider that Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 and Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 SP1 do not support the SMB 3.0 share as a storage system. To use the SMB 3.0 share as a storage system, make sure you are using Microsoft Windows 8 or Microsoft Windows 2012 or later. Both Veeam Servers and SMB share location must be deployed within the same or a trusted domain.
Scenario 2: Standalone storage appliance
In this scenario we will use Synology appliance as an example, but the same method should work for any standalone device that supports Microsoft Active Directory and its computer groups.
Bonus: Adding standalone storage appliance using iSCSI protocol
In this scenario we will use Synology appliance as an example, but the same method would work for storage appliance that supports iSCSI protocol.