Testing Orchestration Plans
Before you run an orchestration plan, you can use an isolated VAO DataLab to test the entire plan, including the verification of VM backups, replicas and storage snapshots. All changes made to VMs during a lab session will be discarded as soon as the testing process is over.
Testing is not currently supported for CDP replica plans.
VAO DataLabs are based on Veeam Backup & Replication virtual labs. While a Veeam Backup & Replication virtual lab is an appliance VM that creates an isolated network, VAO adds the capability to easily create multiple test environments, to perform recovery and application verification including custom scripts, and to generate detailed reporting.
DataLabs may be powered on independently from orchestration plans and used for other test cases (for example, to test patches or upgrades). You can add one or more orchestration plans to any running lab and verify the plans there. You can also choose to keep VM replicas running in the lab, so that additional tests can be performed.
To test an orchestration plan:
- In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, create a virtual lab that will be used to start VM backups, replicas and storage snapshots.
For more information, see the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide, section Virtual Lab.
When creating a virtual lab, mind the following:
- Assign the lab to the required scope.
For more information, see Connecting DataLabs.
- Create a lab group to provide the test environment for the VM backups, replicas and storage snapshots to be verified.
Most VMs require a domain controller to boot and start services successfully. If the orchestration plan does not include a domain controller, then ensure that the lab group includes a VM with the Domain Controller role, and that this VM has a correct IP addressing scheme for the DR site. Otherwise, the VMs in the plan will fail to verify.
To ensure that an orchestration plan is automatically and regularly verified, you can schedule the plan for automated lab testing.
The test will not run unless the plan is in the ENABLED or DISABLED mode. The test will also not run if the plan is currently being edited.
For the list of modes that a regular replica plan can acquire, see Running and Scheduling Regular Replica Plans. For the list of modes that a restore plan can acquire, see Running and Scheduling Restore Plans. For the list of modes that a storage plan can acquire, see Running and Scheduling Storage Plans.