Backup your VMs – Hyper-V backup and granular restores

Running a virtualized environment? Want reliable backups and fast granular restores? When it comes to Hyper-V backups, you can’t go past BackupAssist.

Back up Exchange and SQL Servers within Hyper-V and CSV environments while they’re running.
Use one backup for both the host and multiple guests. BackupAssist protects Hyper-V virtual machines and the hypervisor itself with a single backup.
Use imaging, replication or archiving backups for comprehensive protection of your Hyper-V environment.
Restore data from within a host or an entire guest using the BackupAssist Restore Console.
Restore data from within a specific guest using a backup of multiple guests with the BackupAssist Granular Restore Console.
Create a custom recovery environment to recover entire Hyper-V Server from an image backup.
Volume Shadow-copy Service (VSS), Microsoft Replica, and Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) are technologies fully supported by BackupAssist’s Hyper-V capabilities.
Support for Operating systems like Windows Server 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2 and 2008.

Flexible options for Hyper-V backup

BackupAssist gives you a flexible range of options to ensure customized protection for Hyper-V environments.  You can back up your hypervisors and virtual machines using Imaging backups, replication backups or archiving backups. 

You can also choose from a wide selection of backup destinations and schedule types, allowing you to tailor your protection to the needs of your environment.

Our System Protection imaging backup offers the most features for Hyper-V backup, with Customized Hyper-V destination, CSV and Exchange Server detection steps, and support for block level backups, incremental image backups and Data containers.  Not only that, it also facilitates easy recovery of both guests and hosts.

Back up the host, restore files from within the guest!

Hyper-V backup with BackupAssist gets even better using our Hyper-V Granular Restore Add-on.

This will allow you to use a single System Protection image backup to restore individual items or data from within any Hyper-V guest running!

Not only that, the Hyper-V Granular Restore Add-on can also be combined with our Exchange Granular Restore Add-on to restore individual mail items from an Exchange Server that is running on a VM.

Stay current with evolving technology

Hyper-V and virtualization technologies are in constant evolution.  As a Microsoft Gold Application Developer, you can rest assured that BackupAssist will always be evolving with Hyper-V! We strive to ensure that our Hyper-V backup solutions take advantage of advances in current and future Hyper-V technologies.

The latest Windows Server 2012 and 2012R2 Hyper-V technologies supported by BackupAssist include:

  • Microsoft Replica – Replica is a Windows Server 2012 technology that allows you to mirror a Hyper-V guest in other location via the internet.  BackupAssist supports Hyper-V replica to back up and restore a primary Hyper-V guest using any backup type.
  • Windows Server 2012 CSVFS format – CSVFS allows a cluster to differentiate CSV storage from other NTFS storage. BackupAssist supports backing up Hyper-V guests located on CSV storage using the CSVFS file system.
  • Volume Shadow-copy Service (VSS) – VSS is a Microsoft service that creates a copy of an application’s data so that data can be backed up while that application is running.  BackupAssist is VSS-aware and can detect Exchange, SQL, Hyper-V and SharePoint.
  • Supports Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) – CSV is Microsoft’s implementation of server clustering, which provides a shared disk that can be used by any guest (virtual machine) with a cluster.  BackupAssist supports Hyper-V CSV on both Windows Server 2008R2, 2012 and 2012R2 machines (but CSVFS and NTFS file systems cannot be mixed).

Backup virtualized environments without breaking your budget!

Other backup, restore and recovery solutions for virtualized environments require significant investment in agents and add-ons. But BackupAssist provides a truly cost effective solution out of the box. We offer support for backups of Hyper-V guests or the entire host, and the ability to restore a full guest, or data from inside of the host.

If all you need is the ability to back up Hyper-V hosts and guests, restore data from within a host or restore entire guests, then all you need is our low-cost base license!

Want to be able to perform a granular restore of data from data inside of a guest using a standard backup? Well, BackupAssist gives you the option of purchasing our Hyper-V Granular Restore Add-on. This Add-on unlocks the Hyper-V Restore console so you can do more with the backups that you have. Best of all, the Hyper-V Granular Restore Add-on is licensed at the host level, so you only need one license for multiple guests.

BackupAssist Base License Hyper-V backup capabilities:

  • Comprehensive backup of Hyper-V hosts and guests.  Using imaging backups, replication backups or archiving backups.
  • Licenses are per host. This means you can back up as many guests (virtual machines) as are on that host with a single license of BackupAssist.
  • Flexible restore options.  You can restore an entire host, any data stored at the host level or entire guests running on that host.


Additional features with Hyper-V Granular Restore Add-on

  • Granular Restore capabilities.  This means that you can restore individual files, folders or other data from within any Hyper-V guest.  Best of all, you can do it from a host-level image backup – meaning you don’t need to make separate backups of each guest individually.
  • Licenses are per host.  Like the BackupAssist base license, Add-ons are licensed per host – so you only need one Hyper-V Granular Restore Add-on to restore from multiple guests.
  • Integrates with the Exchange Granular Restore Add-on.  By combining the Hyper-V Granular Restore Add-on with the Exchange Granular Restore, you can restore individual mail items from an Exchange Server that runs on a guest


  • Supported OS
    Supported Host platforms: Windows Hyper-V Server, Windows Server 2012/R2 Core with Hyper-V Role, Windows Server 2008/R2 Core with Hyper-V Role, Windows Server 2012/R2 with Hyper-V Role, Windows Server 2008/R2 with Hyper-V Role.
    Supported Guest platforms: Windows Server 2012/R2, 2008/R2; Windows 8/7
    BackupAssist VM Granular Restore Console: Windows Server 2012/2008; Windows 8/7
  • Licensing
    Hyper-V Backup
    Included in BackupAssist
    Hyper-V Restore
    Hyper-V Granular Restore Add-on
  • Method
    One-pass VHD image backup of the host to disk based devices.
  • Resources
    System Protection for Hyper-V Whitepaper

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