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I would like to know the proper manual method to backup to backup a MS Virtual Server 2005 R2 Virtual machine.  I have read the MS article reeened in the link at  the bottom but not sure if I want to do is possible.  

I would like to simply take a 'snapshot' of the entire VHD, VMC, and VSV, using either 'copy-n-paste' or Robocopy to a storage array.  My goal is to have a recoverable 'image' of the Virtual Machine in case the HOST server fails

Will the following work? -
1 - From VS 2005 console, choose 'save state'
2 - Copy all files mentioned above to storage array
3 - Start up Virtual Machine
4 - END

Thank you for your insight!
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Yes, the above should work fine.   From the console, 'save state' saves the VM state as well as shutting the VM instance  down completely.    Any archival method that saves the Virtual Server files can then be used to create a restore point.  

This is what we typically do here in our lab... and we use a similiar method for VMWare as well.

--Todd
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Ok, just to clarify - simply selecting 'save state' from the console will place the entire VM in an 'offline' status so you can backup the VHD, VMC, and VSV files?  thanks -
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Yes, it completely passivates the instance.   We backup the entire directory associated w/ that instance and can then restore it later if necessary.   You also have the option of merging undo disks or just keeping them around.

See https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708316(WS.10).aspx  for more info.


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ok, I had to look that word up...  Now I've learned two things....  

If the 'save state' is the key to protecting the integrity of the VM, while a manual copy of all necessary files is in-process, this is what I will do.  thanks -
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