Hyper-V Program Manager
People are always asking me for simple (and cheap) ways to backup Hyper-V virtual machines. Hyper-V provides VSS support that allows you to take a “zero downtime” backup of a virtual machine running Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008, however you need a backup program to take advantage of this.
Well, late last year we published a KB article that explained how to enable Windows Server Backup to use the VSS capabilities of Hyper-V. You can read about how to do it here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958662
Two key things to call out here:
I actually have a Windows Server 2003 SP2 Enterprise Edition running Exchange Server only and it's always saved during backup...
One thing I found about this is that backing up to disk over the network was extremely slow.
What you can do is:
*get a start/stop script for the VM's;
*stop all servers
*make shadowcopy + mount it
*start all servers
*copy .vhd's from mounted shadowcopy
This works for us as a regular backup.
M Freitas -
Make sure you have the latest integration services installed in the virtual machine.
Does anyone know of plans for Microsoft to support Hyper-V backup to the extent that VMware has with their vStorage VADP offering?