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Case 2. Identifying Unprotected VMs

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After you have set up your backup infrastructure as described in the User Guide (added servers, configured repository settings, and so on), you can configure your backup and replication jobs. For detailed information, please refer to the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide available at

However, if object selection for a backup or replication job is performed based on VI containers (such as folders, hosts or datastores), or with complex exclusion parameters, some VMs can be missing backup or replica. Also, a VM’s backup can be outdated, missing the required RPO.

The Protected VMs report from Veeam ONE’s Veeam Backup & Replication report pack lists all protected and unprotected VMs including their last backup state, and allows you to identify the machines with outdated or missing backup or replicas.

This evaluation case will help you understand how to use the Protected VMs report to check if the existing backups and replicas meet your stated RPO requirements. Take the following steps:

1.Run your backup jobs. You can launch a job manually by selecting the job and using the Start menu command in the Backup & Replication view.


2.Wait for the jobs to complete. You can watch the results in the Last 24 hours history:


3.In Veeam ONE Reporter, run data collection for the Veeam backup server and VI server(s), as described in Collecting Data from Infrastructure. Wait for the process to complete.

4.Generate the Protected VMs report with the default parameter settings.

To create the report, Veeam ONE Reporter retrieves and analyzes data from the following sources:

Historical data on backup and replication job sessions for the specified RPO period (pulled from Veeam Backup & Replication servers)

List of VMs in virtual inventory (pulled from VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V management servers and vCloud Director)

A VM is labeled “protected” if at least one valid backup or replica restore point meeting the designated RPO exists for it.



For report to be created properly using correct data sets, make sure VI servers included in report scope are added to both Veeam Backup & Replication and to Veeam ONE (for details on adding servers, see Adding Servers to Scope and product documentation at


5.Then you can export the report in Excel format and filter out the unprotected machines.

6.In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, create one or more backup jobs that include these reported unprotected VMs.

7.Run the new job(s).

8.Repeat steps 3 and 4 from above. In the new Protected VMs report you create, make sure the listed VMs are reported as “protected”.

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