Monitor Veeam Backup Jobs with PRTG

Last weekend I was playing around with Paessler PRTG Network Monitor and asked myself how hard can it be to monitor a Veeam Backup Job status. Well this proved to be a bit more difficult than I thought… The reason why is because I also need to see the date of the Backup Job somewhere in the message of the sensor, otherwise you can’t see when the last time was that the backup job has run. And this part was a little bit tricky to get to work, but after some PowerShell voodoo I got the result I was looking for :


And when there is a Backup Job warning the status changes and the Backup Job date remains visible :



Prerequisites :

  • Veeam Backup and Replication PowerShell installed on the Veeam Backup Server.
  • Veeam Backup server is already being monitored.
  • Windows Remote Management enabled on the Veeam Backup Server.
  • PRTG probe service account has access to the Veeam Backup Server.


    PowerShell Script with DB on the same host as the Veeam Backup Server :

    Save the following script to the file backup_status.ps1 in the directory : C:\Program Files (x86)\PRTG Network Monitor\Custom Sensors\EXE

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  • Required Firewall Ports for vRealize

    In this post I’ll describe the required firewall ports for vRealize Automation (vRA), vRealize Business (vRB) and vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) with some additional components like IPAM.
    Required Firewall Ports for vRealize
    The past few months I have been working on designing and implementing a couple of firewalled distributed VMware vRealize solutions. And every time I had the same challenges, not really well documented ports. For example, if you try to install a vRealize Automation IaaS component you need to have port 5480 open from the IaaS server to the vRealize Automation Appliance. This is not mentioned in the official vRA Port Requirements under “Outgoing Ports for Infrastructure as a Service Components”, so this was always a struggle to get this past the security guys why this port needed to be opened because it isn’t in the official documentation.

    Therefore I have created the Visio drawing above with all different components and the required firewall ports for vRA, vRB and vRO that can be used as a reference point. Read More

    How to deploy the Kemp Free LoadMaster

    Yesterday I learned that Kemp has released a Virtual Load Balancers for FREE! So I couldn’t wait to give it a spin in the Lab and show how easy it is to deploy on VMware and create a load balanced web service.


    In the past I’ve done some projects with the Kemp load balancers and I’m quite impressed with the ease of installation and stability of the product. The Free LoadMaster does not have all features available compared with the full commercial version. But it is perfect for SMBs, Dev & Test environments or other applications. The comparison between the free and the commercial version is shown in the table below.


    Now lets get started, grab your copy from Free LoadMaster and get ready to deploy it in your environment. Read More