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COPYING HYPER V VIRTUAL SERVERS AND USING FOR FAIL-OVER

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All, I have 2 physical host servers running 4 virtual machines, The Primary "SERVER1" runs the 4 production virtuals and the back-up "SERVER2" sits idle with back-up virtuals on it in case SERVER1 ever fails.

It is setup as follows:

Physical Server and all virtuals are running Windows Server 2008 R2
SERVER1: THIS IS THE PRIMARY HOST SERVER / HP DL 580 G5 / 2TB ARRAY / 64 GIG RAM

Running the following virtuals
VIRTUAL 1 = DOMAIN CONTROLLER
VIRTUAL 2 = EXCHANGE SERVER 2007
VIRTUAL 3 = SHAREPOINT 2010 RUNNING W/ SQL 2008
VIRTUAL 4 = RUNNING ANOTHER SHAREPOINT FOR EXTERNAL CLIENTS

What my goal is:

I haver Physical SERVER2 which is identical to SERVER1

I want to be able to backup or copy all 4 virtuals from SERVER1 TO SERVER2 everynight.


Questions:

#1 Will I have to stop the virtuals every time I want to make a back-up

#2 Is there a way to simply do an incremental backup ? The VHD files are huge. All 4 virtuals combined are about 1 tb in size. That's a lot of data to push every night.

# 3 With the Exchange Virtual, because there is SSL information, will that be affected if I copy the VHD from SERVER1 to SERVER 2 ? Should it startup and run fine ?

Thanks !!

PA~
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