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Best way to quick test backups

Post by JamesMcG » Oct 10, 2012 5:14 pm

I'm new to Veeam and vmware, been a couple months now. Anyway I'm looking for what would be the best way to test our Veeam backups. I've read over the SureBackup stuff and I think it's a little overkill for what I want to do. I'm not crazy about restoring an entire job of many machines, more like 1 machine. Does it boot, data is good etc? Anyone have some ideas for me on how to accomplish this?

Basically I'd want to:
- restore a machine, not affecting current running version
- no network required, I'll use console to confirm it's ok
- easily delete my restore after a spot check

I see the value in SureBackup, and will probably make use of it but for now I just need a simple procedure for spot checks.

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Re: Best way to quick test backups

Post by Gostev » Oct 10, 2012 5:57 pm

JamesMcG wrote:Does it boot, data is good etc?
This is exactly what SureBackup is designed to do. And this is exactly what most basic SureBackup job with all the default settings would do.

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Re: Best way to quick test backups

Post by JamesMcG » Oct 10, 2012 5:59 pm

I must have read the topic wrong in the manual then! Am I able to select just 1 machine for SureBackup or is it linked to an entire backup job only?

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Re: Best way to quick test backups

Post by buck » Oct 10, 2012 7:20 pm

I'm curious about this, too. I have the Essentials version, is SureBackup part of that? If not, what are my options for testing a backup?

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Re: Best way to quick test backups

Post by tsightler » Oct 10, 2012 7:32 pm

For a manual check you can always just use instant restore and just make sure to select the option to leave the VM disconnected from the network. You can then manually login with a local administrator account (can't use a domain account since it's not on the network, although a cached domain account may work) and poke around all you want. For automated testing, make sure system boots, pings, etc., setting up Surebackup is pretty simple.

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Re: Best way to quick test backups

Post by Gostev » Oct 10, 2012 9:40 pm

JamesMcG wrote:Am I able to select just 1 machine for SureBackup or is it linked to an entire backup job only?
You can create an application group with just 1 VM. No need to link the backup job if you only want to test 1 VM.

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Re: Best way to quick test backups

Post by foggy » Oct 11, 2012 10:19 am

buck wrote:I'm curious about this, too. I have the Essentials version, is SureBackup part of that? If not, what are my options for testing a backup?
SureBackup is available in Veeam B&R Enterprise Edition only, so if you have Enterprise Edition of Veeam Essentials, you have SureBackup.

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Re: Best way to quick test backups

Post by JamesMcG » Oct 11, 2012 2:36 pm 1 person likes this post

Gostev wrote: You can create an application group with just 1 VM. No need to link the backup job if you only want to test 1 VM.
Ok this is what I needed to hear, just gave it a shot and it's perfect for my needs. Thanks!

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