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Example 1. Evaluating VM Compliance

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This evaluation case will help you understand how to detect the VMs that do not comply with ‘3-2-1’ approach and how to take corrective measures. It will use the VM Backup Compliance Overview report to check if there are any VMs with insufficient number of backup copies.



A backup copy in this context refers to a VM’s restore point created by a successful run of a backup/replication/backup copy/tape archiving job. For example, if a VM is included into a backup job and into a VM-to-tape archiving job, both completed successfully at least once, this means that there are 2 backup copies. However, if a VM-to-tape job has created no restore points for a VM (that is, the job failed), you will have only 1 backup copy reported.

Having identified these non-compliant machines, you can appropriately modify existing job settings, add these VMs to new jobs, or dynamically adjust your retention policies.

Take the following steps:

1.In Veeam ONE Reporter, run data collection for your Veeam backup server.

2.Go to the Workspace tab, and from the navigation tree select Veeam Backup & Replication >VM Backup Compliance Overview.

3.Configure the following report parameters:

a.Scope – check that VI is selected

b.Required Number of Copies – is set to 2

c.Exclusion mask – specify a mask for VMs to be excluded from the report (if any)

4.Click Preview and wait for the report to be generated.


5.Save the list of non-compliant VMs and actual number of copies by exporting the report into the file format you prefer.

After that you can open the Protected VMs report (see Case 2 above) to identify which backup jobs process these non-compliant VMs. Take the following steps:

1.Specify the following parameters for running this report:

Scope – Virtual Infrastructure

Job type – backup and replication jobs

2.Click Preview to create the report.

3.In the Protected VMs section, look for VMs you need, and in the Backup Job column find the corresponding job name.

Now let’s modify the job settings so that it creates a required number of backup copies.

4.In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, create a backup copy job, as described in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide (available at

5.Then in the Backup & Replication view, select Jobs>Backup in the navigation tree, and in the right pane, locate the job that processes VM(s) from the list you have saved.

6.Right-click the job and select Edit.

7.Proceed to the Storage step of the job wizard. Select the Configure secondary destination for this job check box.


8.On the Secondary Target step, click Add and select the backup copy job.

9.Complete the wizard, saving the changes.

10.Start the modified job and wait for its completion.

11.In Veeam ONE Reporter, run data collection for your Veeam backup server to collect the latest information on the completed job. Wait for it to complete.

12.Run the VM Backup Compliance Overview report again, following the above step procedure.

13.Make sure the VM previously reported as non-compliant is no longer in the list.

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