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Hyper-v Backup Strategy

When it comes to a hyper-v backup strategy you have several options to choose from. Are you planning on backing up a virtual machine and rebuilding it into hyper-v? Is your server already complete and just need to correct hyper-v backup strategy setup? I’ll answer both scenarios in this article.

Hyper-v backup strategy #1

When you plan to move a physical server to the virtual world with hyper-v there are several tools available for you to use. One that has been extremely useful in my endeavors as a network engineer has been Acronis. When moving a domain controller or file server to hyper-v will now become a three step process.

1. Stop all shares and connections to your server you plan on moving to hyper-v. Shut your server down and insert the Acronis boot CD. I have also done this with Acronis snap deploy software and highly take a look into that as well. Copy that image to a network drive on the network. Depending on how much data the server has loaded I have seen this take up to 4-5 hours. If you have major amounts of data start this process on a Friday before work end and come in early to either put the server online or finish the process of transferring to hyper-v.

2. On your hyper-v server select the image that Acronis has developed for you through the wizard. This will ask various questions about RAM and processing power. I recommend having the same as the physical server had before.

3. Start the hyper-v service and confirm that you can access all shares as before. Demote the old server and you have no completed your transfer. All programs, files, services should be the same.

Hyper-v Backup Strategy #2

Once again I would highly recommend that you purchase Acronis virtual edition (learn more about it here) in order to make this easier on yourself. The easy to use and extremely complex management portal of Acronis will make your backup nightmares turn into a happy dream. The greatest part of Acronis is that it comes with prebuilt template of the most common hyper-v backup strategies that the majority of the IT world uses.

1. Install Acronis Virtual edition on the hyper-v server.

2. In the management console look for your hyper-v machine you wish to setup backups for.

3. Add the VM to your backup listed then select the network drive or server you wish to backup to.

4. Select a template to use for backups or create your own manually.

5. Run a test to confirm no firewall issues are blocking Acronis from accessing you backup device.