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Windows Server Backup in HyperV environment - best option for quick file recovery

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  • Windows Server Backup in HyperV environment - best option for quick file recovery

    We are looking for some input on the best way to do backups in a HyperV environment to a locally attached USB drive.

    Suppose we have a HyperV host that is doing nothing other than hosting VM's.

    When it comes to backup can think of at least three options:

    1) full bare metal backup via Windows Server backup on the host

    2) backup of VM's from the host via Windows Server backup and also backup of the host drive excluding the VM/VHD's so we are not including the VHD's twice

    3) backup from within the VM's themselves and backup of the host excluding again the VM/VHD's as they are already being backed up via the internal VM backups

    For ease of recovery of individual files which would be the best?

    What if any disadvantage would there be for full system recovery using the backup that makes recovery of individual files and folders the easiest?

  • #2
    MOre information needed before an authoritative answer:
    What are your RPOs and RTOs?
    What backup software do you have?
    What budget?

    For the "zero cost" solution, windows server backup of the host (everything) will do the job,
    Tom Jones
    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
    IT Trainer / Consultant
    Ossian Ltd

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    • #3
      As per the post title and repeated references in the post we are using Windows Server Backup. And there are several options. Objective is: which method makes day-to-day recovery of individual files and folders the easiest but still allows for full recovery as well.


      • #4
        If u hve failover cluster environment in hyper-v ith Pass thru disk ...thn u mut go for other more reliable option thn WSB