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I would like to move to the cloud (Azure blob in my case but should be the same for S3) a copy of my NAS backup (or alternatively have the option to backup directly to the cloud).

I have been playing around and I have discovered no way to do it. The archive option is not ok for me as I want a full copy of all the files (not all versions).
Does someone know any "workaround" to move to the cloud my NAS backup?

Another solution would be to have the cloud repository visible as "Secondary Target" but at least mine is not present (I think S3 or Amazon blob repositories are not allowed as a secondary target. any way to force this?

I have also thought of attaching a new drive to a Windows VM presenting all the NAS and backup the complete VM but the networked drive letter does not appear in the drives to backup. Any way to force it to appear?

it is funny as I can backup to the cloud (thanks to SOBR) a VM with a 5TB disk attached that I'm using as a file server but not my NAS just used for the same thing.

If no way, it would be great if Veeam adds this feature to its TODO list.

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Yes, already on the TODO list. Thanks Emilio!

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+1 here. I've seen this request several times in consulting projects already.
Same for NAS->Tape btw.

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After realising this feature is not available at this moment, I told you the workaround I have found.

I'm aware it is not clean and that It is not good for everyone, for my, it does the job.

The idea is to create a new backup repository that I attach to one existing VM (or you can create a new one just for this). In my case I have used one of the veeam proxy servers ant attached a 5 TB virtual disk.

I have created a backup task from the NAS to this local repository. As a result I have a local backup.
I have created another backup task scheduled just after the previous one. This task backups the whole VM (with the attached disk that now has the NAS backup) to my SOBR.
Once the backup is created in the SOBR performance tier, it goes automatically to the cloud (capacity tier) as this is the normal behaviour of the system for vm backups.

*The good thing is that, finally I have my NAS information "safe" in the Azure.
*Several bad things, but I can live with them as my main target was to secure my NAS information in the cloud:

a. More local space needed because I have the local backup in two places: in the repository attached to the VM plus in the performance tier of the SOBR.
b. More time spent (two backup instead of one)
c. In case of a recovery there is no granularity. I need to recover the full VM (disk) backup from the cloud (it is possible to recover individual backup files, but due to the special veeam structure of veeam NAS backup it is not human understandable to recover individual end user files)

Our scenario going to the cloud, is just for big emergencies, nor for day-to-day recovery (this is done from local repositories): if have a disaster, for sure we will need the full NAS recovery. An in any case, once the backup is downloaded I can recover individual files without any problem.

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I have opened another post in the forum of vmware because the first backup (the NAS backup) is 1.7 TB but the backup of this 1.7TB disk is 2.7TB (the backup of the VMware VM disk added 1TB to the original data). Does anyone imagine what is wrong?
Does veeam backup empty space too?

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Look, you have received and acknowledged the answer to this question in that other topic literally minutes before asking the same again, now here. Why would you do this - are you expecting to get a different answer here? Because you won't :D

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Gostev, you are right. I was skeptical about veeam not being able to avoid storing deleted or empty space. I'm sorry. The "exclude deleted file blocks" option appeared as "valid" even if my repository was a ReFS one. After your comments and going deeper in the documentation it is clear that only is valid for NTFS. Finally, I have my NAS in the cloud with the right size. I wait for a future version fully supporting NAS to S3 to remove my shoddiness

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No worries! We consider this capability to be a high priority as well.

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