Remote Monitoring & Management Help

Backup Check

The Backup Check queries your client's backup on the days specified to determine the status of the backup, ensuring that in the event of any problems on the client's server there is a backup to restore from. Depending upon the product the backup information is derived either from the Windows Event Log or from the product's native log files.

Our users use this to...

Backup Checks typically fall into the 'every-unit-items' that our users deploy to cut their costs. The cost of a backup check is far outweighed by the cost of a lost Client if a backup disaster happens so our users usually use this as a 'baseline' check and deploy it across their base.

Dashboard Check configuration

Add

  1. Select the device in the north pane of the Dashboard
  2. Go to the Checks tab
  3. Click Add Check
  4. Choose Add DSC > Backup Check
    1. Select the Supported backup product from the drop-down

    2. Choose Which Backups?* (days) are to be monitored
    3. Enable any additional pass conditions, for example Show 'complete with exceptions' as successful [include canceled jobs]**
    4. Enter the Number of backup jobs to check for***
  5. To run an Automated Task when the Check fails choose Assign a Task after creating the Check
  6. OK to save and apply
  7. Where Assign a Task after creating the Check is selected:
    1. Select the script
    2. Click Next to configure
  8. Enter the Command Line parameters (if required)
  9. Set a Script timeout in the range 1 - 3600 seconds (default 120 seconds)
  10. Click Finish to save and apply

Edit

  1. Select the device in the north pane of the Dashboard
  2. Go to the Checks tab
  3. Select the target Backup Check
  4. From the Check drop-down
  5. Click Edit Check (also available from the Check's right-click menu)
  6. Configure the settings
  7. Click OK to save and apply

Delete

  1. Select the device in the north pane of the Dashboard
  2. Go to the Checks tab
  3. Select the target Backup Check
  4. From the Check drop-down
  5. Click Delete Check (also available from the Check's right-click menu)
  6. Enter the password you have logged into the Dashboard under to confirm removal
  7. Click OK to delete

Tips for Best Usage

  • Where the Check fails we would suggest checking to ensure that the backup program is installed and writing the backup status events to the relevant log file etc. For example Windows Event Log or native log files.
  • If the backup product is not included in our supported backup product list, but the product writes to the Event Log the Roll Your Own Event Log Check may be used to monitor the status of the backup job or where the product writes to its own native logs a Script Check may be authored to retrieve the required information.
  • To ensure the backup file sizes are always manageable the File Size Check may be used to generate an Alert where the backup files or locations exceed the specified threshold

Additional Information

* Which Backups?

Select the days the backup is scheduled to run on.

As the backup will generally run overnight (for example starting on Monday night and finishing on Tuesday morning) the check will reflect this and run the day after the Which Backups? setting to capture any jobs that completed over the monitored period.

For example, when selecting Monday for Which Backups? the check will run on Tuesday morning to detect any Monday backup jobs that completed Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Which Backups?

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Daily Safety Check runs on

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

** Show 'complete with exceptions' as successful (or equivalent)

Depending on the backup program there may be an additional option to pass the check where a non-successful condition is encountered. For example, record the backup as complete with exceptions where the files were open during the job.

*** Number of backup jobs to check for

The minimum number of jobs that are scheduled to run over the monitoring period, where this minimum figure is not met the check will fail regardless of whether discovered backups were successful*

To avoid false positives or negatives when making changes to the backup set on the device, we would suggest updating the Number of jobs to check for in the Backup Check.

The below table provides examples of what will happen where the Backup Check is not updated to reflect the current number of jobs:

Backup Check

New Number of Jobs

Backup State

Result

3

2

All passed

Check fails: less than the expected number of jobs were discovered.

3

5

3 jobs ran

Check passes: expected number of jobs were discovered. No failure to indicate two jobs did not run

Daily Safety Check Run Time

Where a change to the backup schedule has occurred it may be necessary to alter when the Daily Safety Check runs to ensure this is after the backup completes.

This can be configured in the Advanced Monitoring Agent itself or on the Dashboard:

  1. Right-click on the target device (or from the Server or Workstation menu)
  2. Choose Edit Device
  3. Select the DSC Run Time from the drop-down under Check Frequency
  4. OK to save and apply

Multiple Backup Job Schedules, Multiple Backup Checks

When a backup job is added which runs on a different daily schedule to the existing Backup Check, we would suggest adding another Backup Check to reflect this schedule and monitor all of the backups that are scheduled to run on these days. This ensures that the correct number of jobs are monitored and avoids the potential false positives where the number

For example if Files and Folders and System State backups both run MTWTFSS and backups for SQL and Exchange are added which run on M_W_F__  we would suggest using two Checks.

Plugin (Data Source)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Files and Folders

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

System State

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

SQL

1

1

1

Exchange

1

1

1

Total

4

2

4

2

4

2

2

Which Backups (days)

Number of backup jobs to check for

Backup Check 1

M_W_F__

4

Backup Check 2

_T_T_SS

2

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