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Veeam SureBackup: Ensure Your Backups Are Ready When You Need Them

Veeam SureBackup is a unique Veeam technology that ensures that the Virtual Machine (VM) being backed up or replicated is safely recoverable from the media. SureBackup allows you to validate backups and replicas of your VMs without impacting the production infrastructure.

You can automatically verify every created restore point of every VM and ensure that they will function as expected in case a disaster strikes.

The reporting provided helps you discover issues that occur in the operation of your backup infrastructure. It provides details on the state of SureBackup jobs so that you can reconfigure current job settings or include mission critical VMs in SureBackup jobs.

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Say Goodbye to Corrupted or Unusable Backups

After all, keeping backups that you can’t use defeats the purpose of having them. Element Four can provide SureBackup as a Service, which includes setup, implementation, and monitoring the SureBackup technology for the critical VM’s in your environment on a monthly basis.

Say Goodbye to Corrupted or Unusable Backups

After all, keeping backups that you can’t use defeats the purpose of having them. Element Four can provide SureBackup as a Service, which includes setup, implementation, and monitoring the SureBackup technology for the critical VM’s in your environment on a monthly basis.

Learn how Element Four and Veeam help Prevent, Identify, and Correct Unusable Backups

What is Veeam SureBackup?

Learn how Element Four and Veeam help Prevent, Identify, and Correct Unusable Backups

To verify Virtual Machines or VMs with a SureBackup job, we will instruct Veeam Backup & Replication to run predefined tests for the VMs based upon Veeam’s Predefined Test list.
  • Heartbeat test. When the VM starts, Veeam Backup & Replication performs a heartbeat test. It waits for a heartbeat signal from VMware Tools installed inside the VM to determine that the VM guest OS is running. If the signal comes regularly at specific time intervals, the test is passed.
  • Ping test. Veeam Backup & Replication sends ping requests to the VM from the backup server and checks if the VM can respond to them. If the VM responds to ping requests, the test is passed.
  • Application test. Veeam Backup & Replication waits for applications inside the VM to start and runs a script against these applications. Veeam Backup & Replication uses two types of predefined scripts:
    1. For DNS servers, domain controllers, Global Catalog servers, mail servers and web servers, Veeam Backup & Replication uses a script that probes an application-specific port. For example, to verify a domain controller, Veeam Backup & Replication probes port 389 for a response. If the response is received, the test is passed.
    2. For Microsoft SQL Server, Veeam Backup & Replication uses a script that attempts to connect to instances and databases on the Microsoft SQL Server. For more information, see Microsoft SQL Server Checker Script.

NOTE:

To run the heartbeat and ping tests, you must have VMware Tools installed inside the VM. If VMware Tools are not installed, these tests will be skipped. Tests outside of the ones listed above are considered custom scripts and would require additional time and cost to develop. Please schedule a consultation with your account manager if a custom test script is required.

Report Parameters

You can specify the following report parameters:
  • Infrastructure objects: defines a list of Veeam Backup & Replication servers to include in the report.
  • Business View objects: defines Business View groups to analyze in the report. The parameter options are limited to objects of the Virtual Machine type.
  • Job type: defines a SureBackup job type to evaluate in the report (Backup, Replica, All).
  • Group by: defines how objects will be grouped in the report (by Verification Status or Job Name).
This report validates the completion status of SureBackup jobs and displays the results of recovery verification tests. The report helps you reveal the list of operational VMs that can be restored from the produced backup or replicas.
  • The Summary section includes the following elements:
    • The SureBackup Job Status chart shows the latest state of SureBackup job sessions.
    • The Verified VMs Status chart shows the percentage of VMs for which the latest SureBackup job session completed successfully, completed with warnings or failed, and percentage of VMs for which SureBackup jobs have not been run at all.
    • The Antivirus Check chart shows the results of the last antivirus check run.
  • The Details table shows the results of completed SureBackup job sessions, including the name and status of the evaluated SureBackup job, the list of VMs included in the job, the application type of the verification model used to test each VM, the verification date and the date when backup or replica was created, the results of ping, heartbeat and script execution commands executed to verify recoverability of created copies, the version of the antivirus installed on a VM and the last antivirus check result.

Veeam SureBackup Improves Your Cybersecurity

Restoring your system after a sudden loss of data or cyberattack can be very costly, but insurance coverage is available to lessen the burden. However, in most cases, your insurer will require you to maintain immutable, comprehensive backups, plus ransomware and malware protection. Element Four can help you understand these requirements and implement them in a way that’s cost-effective and fully compliant.

Veeam SureBackup Improves Your Cybersecurity

Restoring your system after a sudden loss of data or cyberattack can be very costly, but insurance coverage is available to lessen the burden. However, in most cases, your insurer will require you to maintain comprehensive, immutable backups, plus ransomware and malware protection. Element Four can help you understand these requirements and implement them in a way that’s cost-effective and fully compliant.

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