If you use VMware vRealize Log Insight in your environment for log consolidation and analysis, you will be pleased to know that you can now obtain a Content Pack from Veeam to empower your backup admins. This means your admins can stay in the Log Insight and see even more useful information. This will also help your backup admins more easily confirm if a backup issue is in fact a network issue or a storage issue. It is nice to note that I believe we are the first data protection company with a Content Pack in the Log Insight Marketplace.
I think it might be worth understanding a little more about Log Insight. It is a log consolidation tool — meaning it can configure vCenter Events and all your ESXi hosts to forward their logs to it. Plus, you can configure your storage and network to forward to it their logs so everything is in one place. That is all done via syslog. You can also use agents to forward Windows event logs to Log Insight. This means you are looking at all the logs on the same time scale. So, you can type the word timeout and potentially see an SCSI timeout error and not just see when/where it occurred but also what it may have impacted. Content Packs are what vendors can create to help you look at all that information and see value in it like backup job failures. Once you know that you can search and see what else occurred at that same time, that might help you solve the issue much faster.
It is also important to note you can use Log Insight for alerting. Very powerful alerting in that you can generate alerts based on queries based on what is import to you regardless of source.
Let’s see what the Content Pack can show you. Here are some of the screens in the Content Pack.
Figure 1. Overview Screen
Figure 2. Backup jobs — shows you state of your specific backup jobs
Figure 3. System screen — shows you Veeam related system info
As you can see from these sample screens from my lab there is a lot of very good info available in the different dashboards and widgets. Hopefully in your lab the failed jobs widget is blank!
Let’s look at something specific I think is useful. If you check out Figure 3 you can see that my lab has experienced some dropped connections in my Veeam infrastructure. That might help me provide answers to backup issues since now I know that the Veeam infrastructure had issues that could and would in this case impact backups.
Figure 4. Dropped Connections widget
Notice the I for more information — in Figure 4 — and see what it does in Figure 5? See the arrow that will open up the Interactive Analytics? Depending on your access in Log Insight you may or may not see the COG (gear wheel) as seen above in Figure 4. When you click on the arrow you will see something like below in Figure 6.
Figure 5. More Information on a widget
Figure 6. Interactive Analytics
As mentioned above, the Content Pack provides alerts and there are quite a few of them. Here is a list of some of the interesting ones:
- Backup job failed
- Backup Copy job failed
- Deleted job
- License expiring
- ReFS events seen
- Replication job failed
So, on any of these (or any of the many others) you can configure the alert to fire and email you whenever the specific condition occurs.
To make this work for you, you would need to install the Veeam Content Pack from the Marketplace. The information below will help you get it going.
Figure 7. Admin menu, then Content Packs
Once you select Content Packs you will see the content packs you have already installed and you need to change to the Marketplace. Look above in the top left of the screen and you will see some as seen below in Figure 7.
Figure 8. Selecting Marketplace to see other Content Packs
Now you scroll down to locate the Veeam Backup & Replication Content Pack.
Figure 9. Online marketplace, look at Veeam!
You only need to push on the tile and it will be installed. Once installed it was will be shown as we see it above in Figure 8.
By the way, if you are behind a firewall and do not have a way to access the Internet or the Log Insight Marketplace you can also find the CP in the VMware Solution Exchange.
When the CP is installed there is a link (for general help and agent configuration help) that will help you install and configure the agents (along with other info on the Content Pack). You only need to have the agent installed on your main backup server and not any of the other servers — so not on repository or proxy servers.
Once the agent is installed and configured you will have information in your Log Insight Veeam dashboard. But as backups, restores, SureBackups, replication and backup copy jobs occur you will see more information.
Let me know below what else you might like to see in the Content Pack as it is a 1.0 and we really want your help growing it. In addition, let us know what other Veeam applications I should do a Content Pack for next.