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Manual backup Cifs share with Avamar

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I have experienced that it is not so obvious to make a backup of a cifs share with EMC Avamar. Below you find instructions how to do this manual.

Basically it come down to this:

  • Create an account that has access to the Cifs share (Verify shared and NTFS permissions)
  • Choose a server(s) that will be used as a client to backup the Cifs share
  • Set the Avamar service (backup agent) on the server(s) to run as the account to access the Cifs share instead of the local system account
  • Make sure when you enter the Cifs share you use the UNC path. Make sure this Cifs share is pingable 

In my example I use an Cifs share called 'Cifs181'. On this Cifs share I added a folder called 'software' 


First you log in to a server with a backup agent installed. It requires you make a backup using this client. 

Go to the services. Open the Avamar backup agent service Properties


Go to tab Log On and fill in your credentials


Start your Avamar Administrator.


Go to Backup & Restore. Select your Client as pointed out. Select 'Enter one File, Folder or Directory'. Use the Windows File System Plugin and fill in your UNC path of the Cifs share.

Click Action and Backup now

Remember that you have to be patient. Backing up a CIFS share takes considerably longer than a local disk.


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