SQL Log Truncation and Log Backup Silently Fails After Installing Veeam 9.5 Update 3

KB ID: 2447
Product: Veeam Backup & Replication
Version: 9.x
Published: 2018-02-23
Last Modified: 2020-08-13
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Challenge

After installing Veeam 9.5 Update 3, SQL logs are not truncated during backup, but the truncation task is still marked as a success in the job statistics. SQL Log Backup sessions complete with 0 KB transferred.

You can confirm if any SQL VMs are affected by this change by checking the Guest Helper log located on the Guest VM.

GuestHelper log location:  \\GuestVM\c$\ProgramData\Veeam\Backup\VeeamGuestHelper_%date%.log

The specific error you will find in the GuestHelper log if affected is the following:

Description = The UPDATE permission was denied on the object 'backupset', database 'msdb', schema 'dbo'.

 

Cause

This is due to a change in required SQL Permissions in 9.5 Update 3. These permissions requirements were changed to resolve a previous issue with how Veeam sends requests to SQL to finalize database backup and log truncation. The specific change in permissions is that the msdb system database now requires db_datawriter role, whereas before this was not needed.

Required SQL Permissions for SQL log backup and truncation can be found here:
https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/explorers/vesql_permissions.html?ver=95

 

Solution

To resolve this issue, please give the following SQL permissions to the account credentials specified to use for Guest Processing:
  • Sysadmin role, or the following can be used if you need to provide only minimal permissions:
    • SQL Server instance-level roles: dbcreator and public
    • Database-level roles: db_backupoperator, db_denydatareader, public
    • For System Databases:
      • master - db_backupoperator, db_datareader, public;
      • msdb - db_backupoperator, db_datawriter, db_datareader, public
    • Securables: view any definition, view server state
    • For truncation of SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014 database transaction logs, this account should have the db_backupoperator database role (minimal required) or the sysadmin server role.



 
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