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    We're currently running 3 servers internally, ISA, CRM/SQL and Exchange/DC/File and Print. We've now got a new server and are planning for everything running in Hyper-V.

    Plan is for a physical ISA Server (Will be TMG when it's finally out of Beta) and a Server Core installation as the Hyper-V host. The problem is what to do about backups. What we were thinking is a virtual backup server running Backup Exec 12.5 backing up each of the virtual servers using Remote Agents.

    Main questions really are:-
    1. Can the Hyper-V host be backed up via a virtual machine?
    2. Any potential issues with this setup E.g. Tape Drivers in virtual machine etc

    We'd like to avoid re-using one of the old servers as a Backup server, that is of course an option if this solution isn't viable. I haven't been able to find much documentation or best practices regarding Hyper-V backups through Technet, Symantec or Google, at least not specifically relating to Backup Exec, so any advice is appreciated.
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    Re: Hyper-V Backup stategies

    Hi,

    Is this any good: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../dd252619.aspx
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      Thanks, that helps in terms of what Microsoft recommend. It's quite high level though and doesn't mention any specifics as regards backup software.

      I suppose I'm hoping that someone is running a Hyper-V network with Backup Exec installed really.
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        Yeah, that refers to any backup application that supports it. With Windows Server Backup being their primary focus. But it looks like this is also supported in Backup exec 12.5.
        Now, from the practical viewpoint I can't add anything
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          I'm wondering now if we should re-install the host as a full install of 2K8 and install Backup Exec there rather than having it running Server Core. It all depends on whether or not a virtual machine can backup a physical host at the moment.

          I sense an experiment coming on.

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            Go for it mate,
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              Off topic: Dexter's Laboratory is one of my favorites cartoons.

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                It occurs to me that the lack of SCSI support in Hyper-V makes this discussion moot: we have no choice but to either use a seperate physical server or re-install the current host as full blown Server 2008 and install BackupExec there.

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                  Re: Hyper-V Backup stategies

                  Originally posted by cruachan View Post
                  It occurs to me that the lack of SCSI support in Hyper-V makes this discussion moot: we have no choice but to either use a seperate physical server or re-install the current host as full blown Server 2008 and install BackupExec there.
                  Yes, I would recommend dedicating a physical server with BE12.5 or equivalent so that you can do VSS backups of the VHDs.

                  However, you can install BE12.5 on a Guest and write the files to disk via a pass through disk. From there you can write that folder to tape or whatever you are using currently.

                  I currently use snapshots and a BESR8.5(BackupExec System Recovery) install to backup the data covering the process from both ends, within the Guest(file based image) and from the Host (snapshots). Its easy to just roll back to a snapshot and the BESR backup allows granular file restores.

                  Hope this helps.

                  -Justin

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