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Veeam Backup & Replication

Log collector

You must have the Backup and recovery integrations license pack to use this feature.

You must have Veeam Backup & Replication version 12.1 or later.

You can integrate Veeam Backup & Replication with Sophos Central so that it sends events to Sophos for analysis.

This integration is an on-premises only deployment.

The integration uses a log collector hosted on a virtual machine (VM). Together they are called an appliance. The appliance receives third-party data and sends it to the Sophos Data Lake.


You can add multiple instances of Veeam to the same appliance.

To do this, set up your Veeam integration in Sophos Central, then configure one Veeam instance to send logs to it. Then configure other instances to send logs to the same Sophos appliance.

You don't have to repeat the Sophos Central part of the setup.

The key steps to add an integration are as follows:

  • Add an integration for this product. This configures an image to use on a VM.
  • Download and deploy the image on your VM. This becomes your appliance.
  • Configure Veeam to send data to the appliance.
  • Get additional data from Veeam. This uses the "four-eyes" feature and is optional.


Sophos appliances have system and network access requirements. To check that you meet them, see Appliance requirements.

Add an integration

To integrate Veeam with Sophos Central, do as follows:

  1. In Sophos Central, go to Threat Analysis Center > Integrations > Marketplace.
  2. Click Veeam Backup & Replication.

    The Veeam Backup & Replication page opens. You can configure integrations here and see a list of any you've already configured.

  3. In Data Ingest (Security Alerts), click Add Configuration.


    If this is the first integration you've added, we'll ask for details about your internal domains and IPs. See My domains and IPs.

    Integration setup steps appear.

Configure the VM

In Integration setup steps, you configure a VM as an appliance to receive data from Veeam. You can use an existing VM, or create a new one.

To configure the VM, do as follows:

  1. Add a name and description for the new integration.
  2. Enter a name and description for the appliance.

    If you've already set up a Sophos appliance, you can select it from a list.

  3. Select the virtual platform. Currently we support VMware ESXi 6.7 Update 3 or later and Microsoft Hyper-V 6.0.6001.18016 (Windows Server 2016) or later.

  4. Specify the IP settings for the Internet-facing network ports. This sets up the management interface for the VM.

    • Select DHCP to assign the IP address automatically.


      If you select DHCP, you must reserve the IP address.

    • Select Manual to specify network settings.

  5. Select the Syslog IP version and enter the Syslog IP address.

    You'll need this syslog IP address later, when you configure Veeam to send data to your appliance.

  6. Select a Protocol.

    You must use the same protocol when you configure Veeam to send data to your appliance.

  7. Click Save.

    We create the integration and it appears in your list.

    In the integration details, you can see the port number for the appliance. You'll need this later when you configure Veeam to send data to it.

    It might take a few minutes for the VM image to be ready.

Deploy the VM


If you're using ESXi, the OVA file is verified with Sophos Central, so it can only be used once. If you have to deploy another VM, you must create an OVA file again in Sophos Central.

Use the VM image to deploy the VM. To do this, do as follows:

  1. In the list of integrations, in Actions, click the download action for your platform, for example Download OVA for ESXi.
  2. When the image download finishes, deploy it on your VM. See Deploy a VM for integrations.

Configure Veeam

You now configure Veeam Backup & Replication to send data to us.

To set up event forwarding via syslog, do as follows:

  1. Open the Veeam Backup & Replication console.
  2. From the main menu, select Options.

    Veeam console main menu.

  3. On the Options page, select the Event Forwarding tab.

    Veeam Options page.

  4. In the Syslog servers section, click Add.

    Veeam Event Forwarding options.

  5. In Add Syslog server, do as follows:

    1. In Server, enter the server IP and port (Default is 514).
    2. In Transport, enter the network transport protocol: UDP, TCP, or TLS.
    3. Click OK.

    You must enter the same IP address and protocol that you entered in Sophos Central when you added the integration.

    Add Syslog Server dialog.

  6. On the Event Forwarding tab, click OK.

Get additional data from Veeam

To get data about additional Veeam events, we recommend that you turn on Veeam's four-eyes authorization.

Four-eyes authorization requires you to get additional authorization from other administrators for actions that could affect sensitive data, for example deleting backups. If you turn the feature on, details of these authorization events are sent to Sophos for analysis.

Before you turn on four-eyes authorization, check that you meet the requirements:

  • You need at least two users with the Veeam Backup Administrator role. The role can be assigned to the users or to a group they're members of.
  • You must configure email notifications for administrators. Veeam can then send administrators requests to approve actions. See Configuring Global Email Notification Settings.

To turn on four-eyes authorization, do as follows:

  1. Open the Veeam Backup & Replication console.
  2. From the main menu, select Users and Roles.
  3. Go to the Authorization tab and do as follows:

    1. Select Require additional approval for sensitive operations.
    2. Specify the time period during which the requested operation must be approved or rejected (minimum 1 day, maximum 30).
    3. Click OK.

    Veeam Authorization tab on Users and Roles page.

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