If I had rank the different types of issues we have with volume or folder backups, it seems that the verify process failing or not completing or going on forever would be #1 or 2.
Do you use the verify? It obviously adds alot of time and slows the workstations down for a longer period of time.
For servers, we will continue to use verify but for workstations and laptops that have to be backed up while the user is using the system, I am considering not doing the verify.
This only applies to our own internal systems, not clients. Not sure I would consider this for a client without signoff from them.
What do you think?
We verify servers. We also try to periodically spot-check servers and workstation backups by randomly choosing a backup set from one of our clients and restoring it in-house to a bare metal box to make sure all works as expected, and also to keep our disaster recovery plan up to date with any changes that may be needed.
My server Volume backups are completing successfully but when i try and verify them they fail. I ran a fresh full backup (server to NAS) and it failed the verify when I ran it manually. Is there anywhere to find out why the verify failed? Should I copy the backup files onto a machine and run the verify locally? Backup size is >100GB.
We _do not_ use BU-DR for servers, just too many things to have to sort out... besides we have other options for that.
As for workstations I haven't seen any issues with the verify process as of late but have in the past, if you're not running the latest version (3.2 I think it is) you may concider upgrading.
As for our method, we do (for workstations) use verify and do random checks a couple of times a week (once for the full and once for the incremental), we don't do full bare-metal restores, we just don't have the man power right now (one on vacation and 2 on maternity oh joy!). We do how ever verify that files can be extracted. We'll probably do bare-metal restores after new years when we'll be fully staffed.
I only use it on one workstation at the moment and it verified OK. My guess is because of the smaller image size?