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How do I automate the backup of VHD files

I have several servers running VHDs under Hyper - V, located at different sites. The guest operating systems are usually 2003R232  and the hosts are 2008 standard 64. I would like to suspend the VHDs at night, back them up to an external physical disk and then restart the VHDs. I would like this to be automated.
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ashwin_kumar525Commented:
The better option is to go for any backup/restore softwares which has the capability to backup VHD's using VSS Snapshot.

There are softwares like CA Arcserve backup, Symantech Backup Exec etc..
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kumarnirmalCommented:
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allanwmsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the input.  I only want to backup up one VHD from each server, not several VHDs on one physical server. I will have up to 70 of these to backup up so I dont think Acronis or Backup exec will be cost effective. I might use vmware instead as it seems to allow you to schedule a shut down of a vmdk from a command prompt and i can then use pretty much anyhting to backup the images
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allanwmsAuthor Commented:
After a fair amount of searching about I have found some software from backup assist that claims to schedule backups of open vhd so I'll give that a try. I am closing the question and awarding the points to ashwin. Thanks for the input
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