VM Backup includes the ability to run manual or automated verification of your backup data.
Degradation and failure of storage devices are not uncommon, and this feature will allow you to compare the data on your drive to a checksum taken at the time of backup to verify the integrity of your data on disk, and restore peace of mind.
To run verification tasks, proceed as follows:
- Open the VM Backup management console and go to [Sandbox & Verification] > [Test & Verify Backups]
- Choose whether you wish to run a Verification [Verify Backup Folders] or [Perform Full Test Restore]. A Verification job will not use up any extra space, while a Full Restore restore will use the full size of the VM, but will naturally result in a more thorough check.
We'll go with a full restore here, choose the Backup Location where the VM is located and click [Next]
Pick the VM/VM's you would like to run the verification for and click [Next]
Select the host you would like to restore (as well as the location) to and the version to verify, and then click [Perform Test Restore]
- The verification jobs will get kicked off and you will be notified whether your backup data is fully consistent
Pro Tip: Add another level of protection to your backup data and set up an Offsite Copy of your data to a second redundant location to ensure you will always have a copy of your data to restore from, even if your local backup data is damaged.