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veeam backup basics

1) Does a veeam backup job typically constitute a 'Complete System Backups' – or is it highly configurable what the job will or will not include? E.g. could you restore the entire server (OS, App, configuration, data in a single restore operation), or does that require multiple steps?

2) Is there some form of screenshot on the veeam job properties which shows what specifically the job is backing up? I am a bit blind to the management side of Veeam Backup & Replication but need some supporting evidence from the admins for an audit.

3) Do you still do test restores of veeam backups, and what kinds of issues have you found that meant the veeam backups did not restore, or are they pretty 'faultless'? Not sure if the testing is quite an aged concept or still valid?
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1. highly configurable

2. You can check which jobs are running at all times, it will also report failed, running backups. I suggest you get your admins to let you look at the Console.

You should also have alerting and emails sent out for completed or failed jobs.

I would get your Admins, to include you on the Reports which can be sent daily, for Schedule and Completed Backups reports, and you'll get PDFs every day!

3. Yes, always - you do not have a backup unless you test restore it.

The backup did not even run.

It was corrupt.

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re 3 is there some sort of schedule you work towards, e.g. how often do you test your backups can be restored? Where do you restore them to etc, Just interested to know what others do?
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Weekly random restore checks, of 20% of the VMs. We restore them to the same environment, to check they can be restored.

If you do not test your backups, they are not backups.

How do you know if they'll ever work if you should need them.

In a recent survey, it was found that a high percentage of Organisations do not test restores, so it's no surprise that you don't also!
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Veeam is the best solution so far and works brilliantly with VMware. Its functions cover almost all that a user or an advanced user needs.

1. You can restore file, folder, a single virtual HDD or HDDs, the whole VM.

2. You can view the statistics of a running job that tells you which VM has been backed up and where the process is still running. Also, you can see detailed progress.
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3. Already answered.
Hello ThereSystem Administrator
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To your additional question.

In a larger environment, users usually test our backups. They call us almost daily that they deleted files and folders. :-)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Veeam is the best solution so far and works brilliantly with VMware. Its functions cover almost all that a user or an advanced user needs.

but completely useless if no one tests a restore! or even checks the backup logs or reports you've got a backup which you can test restore.

Again it's Human Administration.
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Agree!
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
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We bare metal/hypervisor restore our client's Veeam and ShadowProtect backups on a quarterly basis. Spot file/folder restore is not considered a restore. Only a full restore will reveal a broken backup chain.

Veeam does have the option, under Storage, in the backup job to consolidate and test backup chains along with the ability to create synthetic FULL backups depending on the style of backup chosen.