Hyper-V Server backups

Hyper-V Server backups should be created using System Protection, which uses block level imaging and is better at handling large files. System Protection also has set up steps specifically designed for Hyper-V. You can use Cloud Backup, File Protection and File Archiving, but they do not provide a Hyper-V Server recovery option.

To learn about Hyper-V features and the Hyper-V tab, see Hyper-V Overview

To learn about best practices for implementing Hyper-V, see Hyper-V Implementation guide.

How to create a Hyper-V backup job

Launch BackupAssist and follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Select the Jobs tab
  2. Select Home.
  3. Select Create a New Backup Job.
  4. Select System Protection.
  5. If this is the first time you have created a backup job, you will be asked to provide a Backup User Identity. To learn more, see Backup user identity

  6. Selections.
    This step is used to select the Hyper-V host and guests to be backed up. If you want a full Hyper-V Server backup, select Microsoft Hyper-V VSS and the required data will be ticked.
  7. Destination media.
    This step is used to select the type of media that you want to back your data up to. This step’s name will change to the media type selected, when you click Next.
  8. Schedule.
    This step is used to select when and how you want the backup job to run, and how long you would like the backup to be retained for. A selection of pre-configured schedules, called schemes, as well as a custom scheme, can be selected.
  9. Exchange VM Detection.
  10. If a Hyper-V guest runs an Exchange Server, use this step to provide authentication information for that guest. With this information, BackupAssist can see what guest contains the Exchange Server, even if it is on a different domain to the host.

  11. Hyper-V CSV Options.
  12. The Hyper-V CSV Options step will only appear if you have a CSV environment. This is used to configure an intermediate backup location, called a staging disk.

  13. Set up destination.
    This step is used to configure the location of the media selected in step 5. The options presented will change with the type of media selected.
  14. Notifications.
    Once a backup job has completed, BackupAssist can send an email to inform selected recipients of the result. This email notification is enabled during the creation of the backup job, but you must also provide your mail server settings so that the notifications can be sent. To learn how to configure your mail server for BackupAssist, see Email server settings.
  15. Prepare media.
    If you selected BitLocker, this step will allow you to prepare the Media for BitLocker and label it. If you are not using BitLocker, but are using external drives, we recommend Editing the backup job once you have created it and using the Prepare Media option to label each drive. 
  16. Name your backup.
    Provide a name for your backup job, and click Finish.
    If you are using BitLocker encryption, the option will be Next.
  17. Next steps.
    This step will be available if you selected Enable BitLocker encryption, so you can encrypt the removable drives. This step will also be available if you are making a backup of the entire system, so that you can make a bootable media.

Your Hyper-V backup job has now been created.

Note: BackupAssist's reports can be used to review the results of each backup job. Backups should also so be checked by performing a test restore. Regular test restores should be part of your backup solution.

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