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User Guide for VMware vSphere

Step 6. Specify Recovery Verification Options and Tests

You must specify verification options for every VM from the jobs linked to the SureBackup job:

If all VMs in the linked job perform the same role, you can specify startup options and test settings for the whole job in bulk. If VMs have different roles, you can granularly specify startup options and test settings for every VM in the job.

  • To specify startup options and select tests for the whole job, select a job in the list and click Edit on the right.
  • To specify startup options and select tests for every VM in the job separately, select a job in the list and click Advanced on the right. Click Add; in the Add Objects window select a VM. Select the added VM in the list, click Edit and specify settings as described below.

If you add VMs to the list by tags, mind that Veeam Backup & Replication ignores the cardinality setting for VM tag categories.

Step 6. Specify Recovery Verification Options and Tests Important!

If you specify startup options and tests individually for every VM, Veeam Backup & Replication will apply these options and tests only. Options and tests specified at the level of the SureBackup job will be ignored for this VM.

Role Settings

On the Role tab, select the role that the VM performs. Veeam Backup & Replication offers the following predefined roles for VMs:

VM roles are described in XML files stored in the %ProgramFiles%\Veeam\Backup and Replication\Backup\SbRoles folder. You can add your own roles. To do this, you need to create a new XML file and specify role and test scripts settings in it. For more information, see Creating XML files with VM Roles Description.

After you select the necessary role, Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically configure startup options and assign predefined test scripts for the chosen role. You can use these settings or specify custom settings on the Startup Options and Test Scripts tabs.

To verify VMs that perform roles other than those specified in the list, you will have to manually configure startup options and specify test scripts that must be run for these VMs.

Step 6. Specify Recovery Verification Options and Tests 

Startup Settings

To configure VM startup settings:

  1. In the Verification Options window, click the Startup Options tab.
  2. In the Memory section, specify the amount of memory that you want to pre-allocate to the VM when this VM starts. The amount of pre-allocated memory is defined in percent. The percentage rate is calculated based on the system memory level available for the production VM. For example, if 1024 MB of RAM is allocated to the VM in the production environment and you specify 80% as a memory rate, 820 MB of RAM will be allocated to the verified VM on startup.
  3. In the Startup time section, specify the allowed boot time for the VM and timeout to initialize applications on the VM.

Be careful when specifying the Maximum allowed boot time value. Typically, a VM started by a SureBackup job requires more time to boot than a VM started in the production environment. If an application fails to be initialized within the specified interval of time, the recovery verification process fails with the timeout error. If such error occurs, you need to increase the Maximum allowed boot time value and run the SureBackup job again.

  1. In the Boot verification section, specify when the VM must be considered to have been booted successfully:

If you enable both options, Veeam Backup & Replication will require that both tests are completed successfully: heartbeat test and ping test.

Step 6. Specify Recovery Verification Options and Tests Note:

Veeam Backup & Replication performs a heartbeat test only if a VM has VMware Tools are installed. If VMware Tools are not installed, the VM will be started but the test will not be performed.

Step 6. Specify Recovery Verification Options and Tests 

Test Script Settings

When you select a VM role, Veeam Backup & Replication automatically assigns a predefined script that must be run to verify applications inside the VM. If you want to verify a VM that has some other role not listed on the Role tab, do the following:

  1. In the Verification Options window, click the Test Scripts tab.
  2. Click Add.
  3. In the Test Scripts window, select Use the following test script.
  4. In the Name field, specify a name for the script.
  5. In the Path field, define a path to an executable script file that must be run to verify the VM. You can do one of the following:
  1. In the Arguments field, specify an IP address of the verified VM and the port that you want to probe (if the selected test probes the port). You can use the %vm_ip% variable to define the VM IP address or the %vm_fqdn% variable to define the VM fully qualified domain name.

For Microsoft SQL Server, you can also specify a path to the log file in the %log_path% argument. For more information, see Backup Recovery Verification Tests.

  1. Click OK to add the configured test.

To edit test settings, select the test in the list and click Edit. To delete a test, select it in the list and click Remove.

Step 6. Specify Recovery Verification Options and Tests Note:

If a VM performs several roles and runs a number of applications, you can add several verification scripts to verify work of these applications. It is recommended that you specify the maximum startup timeout value and allocate the greatest amount of memory for such VMs.

Step 6. Specify Recovery Verification Options and Tests 

Credentials Settings

By default, to run the verification script Veeam Backup & Replication uses the account under which the Veeam Backup Service is running. If you need to run the script under some other account, you can specify credentials for this account in the SureBackup job settings.

  1. Click the Credentials tab.
  2. From the Credentials list, select credentials for the account under which you want to run the script.

If you have not set up credentials beforehand, click the Manage accounts link or click Add on the right to add the credentials. For more information, see Managing Credentials.

Step 6. Specify Recovery Verification Options and Tests 

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