Hyper-v backup questions

Is there a way to back up a virtual hard drive/VS image while it is running?
Everything I am reading says you have to use windows backup and you have to backup the entire volume?  or you have to stop the virtual machine and back it up that way.

is this the only option?  I want to do regular/weekly full VM backups.

thanks
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Syed Mutahir AliTechnology ConsultantCommented:
http://serverfault.com/questions/60452/backing-up-hyper-v-server

http://mindre.net/post/Backing-up-Virtual-Machines-using-Windows-Server-Backup-in-Server-2008-R2.aspx

http://www.adopenstatic.com/cs/blogs/ken/archive/2008/01/14/15443.aspx


http://blogs.technet.com/askcore/archive/2008/08/20/how-to-enable-windows-server-backup-support-for-the-hyper-v-vss-writer.aspx

http://www.virtualizationadmin.com/articles-tutorials/microsoft-hyper-v-articles/backup-recovery/installing-configuring-windows-server-backup-hyper-v.html

Above are some good links with real time experience of people

If the guest operating system in Hyper-V is vss aware (which windows 2003 and above are) then the vm's dont need to be shutdown. With Windows Server Backup, you would have to select Volumes hosting your vhd files, with Symantec Backup Exec, it will install an agent inside the VM and back it up as any physical server.

If you are able to get successful backups via Windows Server Backup, then you would have the whole server backed up and can be restored with all VMs etc, because it is taking the whole volume into the backup.

Above applies for the Windows Server Backup Role for WIndows 2008 and Windows 2008R2.

You can also use Symantec Backup Exec or Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 2010 :

http://www.symantec.com/connect/events/announcing-backup-exec-2010-public-beta-dedupe-everywhere

BESR 2010 :

http://www.symantec.com/connect/events/announcing-backup-exec-2010-public-beta-dedupe-everywhere
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abraham808Commented:
You can use Microsoft DPM for VM's that are running.
We also use Symantec Netbackup 6.5.5 to backup VM's
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