Veeam ONE and Automation Services

KB ID: 2270
Products: Veeam ONE
Version: 8.x, 9.x
Published:
Last Modified: 2017-03-30

Challenge

The suggestions below leverage the functionality of Veeam ONE in order to automate some administration tasks.

Cause

To be able to use the steps below, make sure you are using Veeam Availability Suite 8.x or 9.x.

Solution

VM with no backup

1. Create VM backup alarm in Veeam ONE via Alarms Management tab.
2. Define the required RPO and assign the alarm.
3. In the Post alarm actions specify a batch file to trigger a backup PowerShell script.
4. When the alarm is triggered, the corresponding PowerShell script will create a quick backup of the VM.

If you don't have any VMs added to the backup jobs, then you can write a PowerShell script that will create a job for the VM and then run it.

Terminate job after X hours

1. Create backup alarm and select jobs you want to monitor.
2. Define the maximum duration.
3. In the post alarm actions specify a batch file to trigger a backup PowerShell script.
4. The PowerShell script can be configured to perform one of the following actions:

• Stop the required backup job.
• Run a script to check for orphaned VM snapshots and then try to consolidate them.

Delete orphaned VM snapshots

1. Use one of the predefined VM snapshot alarms (snapshot size or snapshot age).
2. In the post alarm actions specify a batch file to trigger a backup PowerCLI script which will try to consolidate all VM snapshots.

You can even specify the name of the snapshots you want to consolidate in the PowerCLI script. 

Automated VM failover

1. Detect failed VMs/hosts/datastores via one of the predefined alarms in Veeam ONE (for example, VM power state, VM Tools state etc.).
2. In the post alarm actions specify a batch file to trigger a backup PowerShell script.
3. To make sure it is not a network glitch run additional verifications within the PowerCLI/PowerShell script.
4. Once all verifications are performed create a failover plan in Veeam backup console and then run it.
4a. As an alternative, you can create a PowerShell script to initiate VM failover operation without using failover plans.
4b. Additionally, you can start VM replicas manually via PowerCLI script.

VM tags in Veeam ONE and Veeam B&R

1. Open Veeam ONE Business View and create the required categories/groups for automatic categorization rules.
2. Create categorization rule or dynamic group via Business View. See the online help center web page for more info > Configuring Categorization Rules for v.8 and v.9.
3. Configure Veeam ONE to write VM Tags to the vCenter Server > Configuring Options for v.8 and v.9.
4. Verify Veeam ONE Reporter collection job schedule (this job is responsible for writing VM tags) > Scheduling Data Collection for v.8 and v.9.
5. Open Veeam Backup console and start using VM tags as a source for your backup and replication jobs.

Receive alarms via text message

1. Navigate to any alarm you would like to configure this action for.
2. Set Send email notifications as post alarm action.
3. Specify your cell phone number in the format described below. The 10-digit number should be your cell phone number.
 
Alltel [10-digit phone number]@message.alltel.com
Example: 1234567890@message.alltel.com
AT&T (formerly Cingular) [10-digit phone number]@txt.att.net
[10-digit phone number]@mms.att.net (MMS)
[10-digit phone number]@cingularme.com
Example: 1234567890@txt.att.net
Boost Mobile [10-digit phone number]@myboostmobile.com
Example: 1234567890@myboostmobile.com
Nextel (now Sprint Nextel) [10-digit telephone number]@messaging.nextel.com
Example: 1234567890@messaging.nextel.com
Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel) [10-digit phone number]@messaging.sprintpcs.com
[10-digit phone number]@pm.sprint.com (MMS)
Example: 1234567890@messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile [10-digit phone number]@tmomail.net
Example: 1234567890@tmomail.net
US Cellular [10-digit phone number]email.uscc.net (SMS)
[10-digit phone number]@mms.uscc.net (MMS)
Example: 1234567890@email.uscc.net
Verizon [10-digit phone number]@vtext.com
[10-digit phone number]@vzwpix.com (MMS)
Example: 1234567890@vtext.com
Virgin Mobile USA [10-digit phone number]@vmobl.com
Example: 1234567890@vmobl.com

Audible alarms

1. Set a batch script as an action item for the alarm 
2. Use “psexec” to execute another *.bat file to play an audio file on any server

Create your OWN alarms for Veeam B&R

1. Navigate to Alarm Management tab.
2. Select Veeam B&R node as the alarm type.
3. Click to create new alarm and select Event as an alarm trigger.
4. Choose any alarm from the list below triggered by Veeam B&R.
 
Event ID Event Name
23010 Job created
23050 Job modified
23090 Job deleted
23110 Job objects added
32120 Job objects deleted
23130 Job objects modified
23210 SureBackup job created
23220 SureBackup job modified
23230 SureBackup job deleted
23310 SureBackup objects added
23320 SureBackup objects deleted
23330 SureBackup objects modified
110 Backup job started
190 Backup job finished
150 Backup task finished
114 Tape backup job started
194 Tape backup job finished
210 Restore session started
250 Restore vSphere task finished
251 Restore Hyper-V task finished
290 Restore session finished
310 SureBackup job started
350 SureBackup vSphere verification task finished
351 SureBackup vSphere validation task finished
360 SureBackup Hyper-V verification task finished
361 SureBackup Hyper-V validation task finished
390 SureBackup job finished
410 Backup copy job started
450 Backup copy task finished
490 Backup copy job finished
510 File copy job started
590 File copy job finished
512 VM copy job started
592 VM copy job finished
10010 Restore point created
10050 Restore point removed
10090 Restore point updated
10014 Tape restore point created
20114 Tape updated
21210 Proxy server established connection
21214 Proxy server lost connection
21220 Repository server established connection
21224 Repository server lost connection
21230 WAN accelerator established connection
21234 WAN accelerator lost connection
24010 License installed
24020 License expiring
24022 License evaluation expiring
24030 License expired
24040 License support expiring
24050 License support expired
23410 Second destination job has been assigned
23420 Second destination job has been removed
610 Quick migration job has been finished

More Information

Before you implement any of the suggested solution in production, use these script examples in your test environment and make sure you adapt them to your needs.
 
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