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HI,

Can you please explain how to backup multiple Virtual Machines on a Windows Server 2008 machine.  I currently have three virtual machines all saved to the C drive.  I would like to use Windows Server Backup but I don't fully understand the pros/cons of using this application for backing up.  I would like to be able to restore files, user accounts in AD etc, without having to restore all the virtual machines.  

Next, is it possible to just use snapshots to backup VM, are you able to restore individual files with this method?

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Hi

You can backup the VMs check this:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958662/en-us

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd405549%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

That will backup you VMs.

But you cannot restore individual files inside of your VMs. Or using snapshots. And snapshots is not a backup method. This is a backup of VM state. Only should use for other proposes not for backup.

You can use, but not recommended.

For restoring individual files from your VMs, you need to use a third party backup software. Like HP Data Protector, Symantec, etc.

This will need agents on each VMs and then you can backup and restore files. But this is like backup data from a normal physical server

Backup VMs images is one thing, backup the data is  other different thing.

Hope this can help

Jail
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Thanks Jail for your reply.....

Just so i'm sure....its not possible to restore individual files/folders using Windows Server backup when backing up Virtual Machines?  Windows Server Backup will only backup the virtual machine itself (included VHDs) if a full restore of the VM was needed?

I have also read somewhere, that you need to include the whole volume where the VM resides in a backup, does this mean for example that I would need to include the Full C:Drive (as this is where all my VMs data is stored) in the backup?

Lastly, when selecting files to put into the backup, it does allow you to select individual files, this is obviously for files which need restored on the host machine?

Thanks for your advice.
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Hi

I see that commvault also works with Hyper-V, and commvault can do a file level backup and also VM image level.

So if you have a budged, you can take a look at this.

Jail
Thanks Jail, you have been a great help!