Backup Infrastructure Assessment

The report helps you assess your backup configuration and identify potential configuration improvements.


The 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:



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 server fails, you can re-deploy the Veeam backup 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 server in your backup infrastructure. In terms of configuration, you can get a replica of the Veeam backup 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.


To run the Backup Infrastructure Assessment report, you must have Veeam Management Pack for Microsoft System Center installed.


Scope: defines a list of Veeam Backup & Replication servers that will be analyzed in the report (by default, the Veeam Backup Server Group is selected). The Add Group option returns a group and all objects that the group contains. The Add Object option returns only the selected object.

Sample Usage

Assess backup configuration and show recommendations for a specific backup server.


  1. Open the Backup Infrastructure Assessment report.
  2. In the Scope section, select the Veeam Backup Server Group and click Remove. Then select a backup server to include in the report.

Click Add Object. In the Add Object window, click Options. In the Options window, click Add. In the Class Name search box, enter backup server and click Search. Select the Veeam Backup Server class in the list of search results, click Add and click OK. In the Options windows, click OK to apply the filter. In the Add Object window, click Search. The search will return a list of objects that belong to the Veeam Backup Server class. Select the necessary server, click Add and click OK.

  1. Click Run to view the report.

Report Output

The Summary pie chart will show the breakdown of assessment criteria statuses: the share of criteria that do not apply to your backup environment, passed criteria and criteria that require your attention.

The details table will show the list of all criteria analyzed in the report and the verification status for each criterion.

You can click a criterion to jump to detailed recommendations on configuration improvement.