Hyper-V Server restore

BackupAssist File Protection, File Archiving and System Protection use the Volume Shadow Copy service (VSS) to back up your Hyper-V Server while it is running. BackupAssist can use these backups to restore host files, restore files into a guest using Hyper-V Advanced add-on and recover the Hyper-v guest. A System Protection bare-metal backup can be used to recover the full Hyper-V Server.

Hyper-V Server Restore

Problems can arise if you try to restore a Hyper-V host to an existing server. This is because Hyper-V is integrated into Windows Server and will often have operating system dependencies. Specific Hyper-V host and guest installation options can also create compatibility problems for full Hyper-V host restores.

For these reasons, restores of Hyper-V hosts should be performed by:

  • A recovery of the full Hyper-V Server rather than just restoring the Hyper-V Server application. Only a System Protection bare-metal backup can be used for a recovery. To learn more, see System Recovery
  • Reinstalling the Hyper-V Server feature and then recovering the guests back to the Hyper-V host.

Other Hyper-V restores

Hyper-V host file restores

Individual host files and folders can be restored back to the Hyper-V host by following the Local and Network Files restore process. System Protection, File Protection and File Archiving backups can be used. To learn more, see Restore Local and Network Files

Hyper-V Granular Restore

You can restore individual guest files back into a Hyper-V guest using the Hyper-V Advanced add-on. System Protection, File Protection and File Archiving backups can be used. To learn more, see Hyper-V Granular restore

Hyper-V guest recovery

Restoring a full guest is a recovery process. To recover a Hyper-V guest to a host, see Full VM Recovery You can also perform a Rapid VM Recovery of a guest using the Hyper-V Advanced add-on