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Backup Infrastructure Assessment

The Backup Infrastructure Assessment report analyzes configuration of your backup environment against a set of recommended baseline settings and implementations, identifies VMs that cannot be properly backed up due to configuration limitations, verifies problem areas and helps mitigate potential issues.

The report takes into account the following criteria when analyzing backup configuration:

Criterion

Description

Application-aware image processing for Windows Servers

The report searches for jobs that do not have the Enable application-aware image processing option enabled.

Veeam Backup & Replication uses application-aware image processing to create a transactionally consistent backup of a VM running VSS-aware applications (such as Active Directory, Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint), without shutting the VM down. This technology ensures proper recovery of applications and application data.

VMware Tools Quiescence for Linux/Unix VMs

The report searches for jobs that do not have the Enable VMware Tools quiescence option enabled.

When this option is enabled, VMware Tools will quiesce the file system of a running VM to ensure integrity of on-disk data during backup.

VM VMware Tools status

The report searches for VMs that do not have VMware Tools installed, running or up-to-date.

To enable backup with application-aware image processing, it is required that guest OSes have VMware Tools installed and running.

VMs Verification

The report searches for VMs that are not included in SureBackup jobs.

SureBackup and SureReplica technologies automate and simplify the recovery verification process - one of the most crucial parts of data management and protection. These technologies allow you to verify the recoverability of every VM backup and replica, without additional hardware or administrative time and effort.

VMs failed over to network processing mode

The report searches for VMs that caused a backup proxy to fail over to the Network Processing mode.

The Network Processing mode can be used with any infrastructure configuration. However, when an alternative transport mode is applicable, the Network mode is not recommended because of the lowest data retrieval speed.

Backup server protection

The report searches for backup servers that do not run configuration backups on their database.

If a Veeam Backup & Replication server fails, you can re-deploy the server, restore configuration data from the backup and apply it to the re-built server. Alternatively, you can apply configuration data to any other Veeam Backup & Replication server in your backup infrastructure. In terms of configuration, you can get a replica of the Veeam Backup & Replication server you had, without additional adjustments and fine-tuning.

SQL Server optimization

The report searches for backup servers that run outdated versions of Microsoft SQL Server.

Repository free space

The report searches for repositories that have run out of free space.

Direct SAN access iSCSI performance tweaks

The report searches for backup proxies configured to use the Direct SAN Access mode working with iSCSI storage.

To optimize performance of such backup proxies, you can tune Windows TCP settings as described in the report recommendations.

Sample Usage

This section provides step-by-step instructions that will help you understand how to create the Backup Infrastructure Assessment report. Consider the following example:

You need to assess backup configuration and show recommendations for a specific backup server.

To create the report, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Backup Infrastructure Assessment report.
  2. Choose a report scope.
  3. Run the report.
  4. View the report output.
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