Backup Validation for VMware VMs

You can validate backups of VMware guest virtual machines, including VMs that run applications. Validation performs a live mount operation for the VM, and can also run a script to verify that the VM and application are usable.

You can use validation to verify that backups are available in the event that you need to restore application data from a backup, or to replicate VMs and applications for use in the event of a disaster.

This feature is not available for IntelliSnap-enabled VM groups.

You can perform validation automatically as part of the schedule for the VM group, or by requesting validation for a specific VM or for a VM group that has validation enabled.

If validation fails for an incremental backup, repeat the operation with a full backup.

For the hypervisor or for the recovery target that is used for this feature, you can specify a Windows or Linux access node (VSA proxy). To run scripts and validate applications, the operating system for the access node should be the same as the operating system for the guest VM that is being validated.

Application Validation

You can use one of the scripts that is provided with the Virtual Server Agent to validate VMs that run the following applications:

  • Microsoft SQL Server

  • Oracle database

You can modify the sample scripts as needed, or create a new script that can be used to validate the VM or a different application.

For more information, see Scripts for Application Validation.


To validate backups, perform the following tasks: