Small Business Susan

How do you back up virtualized machines

There’s two ways…through the parent and then blind to the parent.

Hyper-V Backup Strategies:

A good discussion there.

Blind to the parent way:

Take an external usb hard drive or nas and in the HyperV server, build a virtual drive of sufficient size.  Make it a dynamic, not fixed drive size.  Now add that dynamic disk/vhd as a drive to your hyperV children.  Once you’ve done that you can use the vhd as a normal drive and any Windows backup will see it as just another hard drive.

Through the parent way: 

This will only work with Windows 2008/ 2008 r2 or 2012 – not with Windows 8. and info on the topic -  how backup assist does it