Many users of Veeam Backup & Replication have also acquired Veeam ONE as their monitoring and reporting solution, but many have already some existing monitoring solution in their datacenters, and they’d prefer to monitor Veeam together with other systems and applications using their own unified solution. This is a sound request, and in order to do so there are different possible ways. One of them is via the the Windows Event Log; since the Veeam backup server is a Windows software, each event is registered in Veeam logs, but also in the Windows Event Log:
As you can see in this screenshot coming from an installation of Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 in a Windows 2012 R2 server, a new section is created specifically for Veeam Backup, and here different administrators can go and look at events, filter them, and search through them. Or again, these events can be collected centrally using one of the many existing solutions able to do so.
But what events can be be searched?
This is indeed a good question, and if previously I would have had some doubt about the correct answer, other than going through the event viewer myself and learn about the different Event IDs, I’ve learned a few days ago a way better answer: Veeam technical writing team has just created a new document, where all the Veeam events are listed, divided by category. Here is a screenshot of the document:
There are many interesting Event IDs that can be searched, like for example “24020 – License expiring”, as I’ve seen many times that one of the most overlooked information in many installations is the fact that a license is about to expire, and so the software will soon stop to operate (people usually finds about the expired license because jobs are not executed anymore). Another nice one is obviously “190 – Backup job finished”, where the status can be Info, Warning or Error depending on the final result of the backup job.
The document is 10 pages long, and can be downloaded here: https://www.veeam.com/pdf/guide/veeam_backup_9_0_events_en.pdf