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Example 3. Recovery Verification

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Recovery verification is one of the most crucial parts of data management and protection. SureBackup is a patented Veeam technology that lets you verify the recoverability of every VM backup, without additional hardware or administrative time and effort, ensuring that each VM can be safely recovered and reliably started on the host when necessary.

To test VM backups with SureBackup recovery verification, you will need to do the following in the Veeam Backup & Replication console:

1.Create an application group for a verified VM; it should comprise one or several VMs on which the verified VM is dependent. These are VMs running applications and services required to enable fully functional work of the verified VM. For example, to verify a virtualized Exchange server, you will need a domain controller, a DNS server and Global Catalog.
For detailed information on application groups, refer to the SureBackup Recovery Verification and Creating an Application Group sections of Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.

2.Create a virtual lab in which a verified VM from the backup or VM replica will be tested. This is an isolated virtual environment in which Veeam Backup & Replication verifies VMs. In the virtual lab, Veeam Backup & Replication starts a verified VM and VMs from the application group. The virtual lab is fully fenced off from the production environment; the network configuration in the virtual lab mirrors the network configuration of the production environment.

For detailed information on virtual lab, refer to the SureBackup Recovery Verification and Creating a Virtual Lab sections of the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.



A virtual lab does not require provisioning of additional resources. You can deploy it on the existing ESX(i) host in your virtual environment.

3.Create and start a SureBackup job. This job comprises all settings and policies configured for recovery verification of required VMs, such as application group and virtual lab to be used, VM backups that should be verified in the virtual lab and so on. A SureBackup job can be started manually or on schedule. When it runs, the following takes place:

a.Veeam Backup & Replication first creates an environment for VM backups verification: it starts the virtual lab, and within the lab the VMs from the application group are started in the specified order.

b.Once the virtual lab is ready, Veeam Backup & Replication starts verified VMs from the necessary restore point, tests and verifies them one by one or, depending on the specified settings, creates several streams and tests a number of VMs simultaneously (ping, heartbeat and script execution tests can be performed for each VM). If Veeam Backup & Replication does not find a valid restore point for any of verified VMs, verification of this VM fails.



VMs from the application group and verified VMs must belong to the same platform — VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V. Mixed scenarios are not supported.

For detailed information, refer to the SureBackup Recovery Verification and Creating a SureBackup Job sections of the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.

The SureBackup Jobs Overview report helps you to discover issues in recovery verification of your VMs. Based on SureBackup job session history data, it delivers a comprehensive insight on the configuration and status of SureBackup jobs so that you can fine-tune your existing settings or include other critical VMs in verification process.

When running this report, choose Backup Infrastructure as report scope, and Backup as job type (replica verification process is different and available for VMware platform only; see Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware documentation for details).

Reporting period includes last 7 days (built-in value).

The Summary diagrams reveal the state of SureBackup jobs, including Success, Running and Failed, and show the detailed information on VMs that were subject to verification:


Additionally, the table following the diagrams provides the results of completed SureBackup sessions.



The SureBackup job status is set to Failed if no valid restore point can be found for a VM being verified (or for any VM from the application group).

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