How to Manually Collect Recovery Media Logs for Veeam Agent for Linux

KB ID: 4013
Product: Veeam Agent for Linux | 3.0 | 4.0 | 5.0
Published: 2020-09-16
Last Modified: 2023-02-07
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Challenge

You cannot collect recovery media logs for Veeam Agent for Linux from the repository. In such a case, you can still manually collect recovery media logs from the Linux machine where the bare-metal restore is performed.

Cause

If the bare-metal restore is not completed, the recovery media does not export logs to the repository. As a result, the records must be manually gathered from the recovery media.

Solution

  1. Boot the Veeam Recovery Media.
  2. Configure the network settings.
  3. In the Veeam Recovery Media menu, select Switch to command line.
  4. Run the command veeamconfig -v to determine the version of the Veeam Recovery Media.
    1. For 6.0 or newer, review the systemd-based Veeam Recovery Media section.
    2. For 5.0, run the command hostname to determine if the recovery media is init-based or systemd-based.
      For more details on the differences between Recovery Media image versions, refer to User Guide.
    3. For 4.0 and older, review the init-based Veeam Recovery Media section.

For systemd-based Veeam Recovery Media

  1. Navigate to the /tmp directory.
cd /tmp
  1. Run the following command to generate Veeam logs in the current directory.
    The file created will be named veeam_logs_<date>_<time>.tar.gz
sudo veeamconfig grablogs
  1. Collect additional logs using the following command:
sudo tar -zcvf VeeamRecoveryMediaLogs.tar.gz /var/log
  1. Start the SSH service.
sudo service ssh start
  1. Assign a password to the veeamuser. In later steps, you will use this account and password to connect to the machine.
sudo passwd veeamuser
  1. Identify the IP address assigned to the Veeam Recovery Media live session.
 ip a
  1. Using WinSCP, or your preferred application, connect to the Veeam Recovery Media live session from another machine using the veeamuser account and the password you assigned in step 5.
  2. Collect the gzip log bundles created in Steps 2 and 3 from the /tmp/ folder:
    • veeam_logs_<date>_<time>.tar.gz
    • VeeamRecoveryMediaLogs.tar.gz

For init-based Veeam Recovery Media

  1. Run the cd /tmp command.
  2. Run the veeamconfig grablogs (for the Veeam Recovery Media version 4.0 or later) or veeamconfig config grablogs (for Veeam Recovery Media versions up to 3.0.2) command to create the veeam_logs_<date>_<time>.tar.gz archive in /tmp directory.
  3. Run the tar -zcvf VeeamRecoveryMediaLogs.tar.gz /var/log command.
  4. Run the /etc/init.d/sshd start command.
  5. Run the passwd command and enter a temporary password for accessing the Veeam Recovery Media.
  6. Run the ip a command to determine the ip address of the Veeam Recovery Media.
  7. Connect to the Veeam Recovery Media from another machine using the SCP protocol through a program such as WinSCP or FileZilla. Use the root account with password from step 5 and the information gathered from steps 2 (/tmp/veeam_logs_<date>_<time>.tar.gz) and 3 (/tmp/VeeamRecoveryMediaLogs.tar.gz). (The log bundle will be in /tmp).

More Information

The recovery media is not persistent across reboots. Rebooting resets all the settings and changes made in the steps above.  

The recovery media version can be determined by running the veeamconfig -v command from the shell after step 3.

If the restore process is completed (regardless of the result), Recovery Media logs are automatically exported to the location of backup files.

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