Is this really the only way to insure the back up is good?
It's the only way to ensure that the VM in the backup is actually bootable. If you'd like to make sure that all apps and files are behaving properly then SureBackup with custom verification scripts is the way to go.
How can I insure backup verification without SureBackup and a BDR server that is just as good my VM host?? I don't need the fancy booting up, and scripts, and all that.
Then you can stick with backup validator
. It performs checks of a backup file on a block-level.