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Hyper-V backup with windows server backup

ok, I'm new to hyper-v, I have installed the role on a 2008 r2 server and looking at backups,

as far as i understand i need to do a 'full volume backup' on the drives that hold the machine files.
i can use HKLM\Software\Microsoft\windows nt\current version\virtulisation - store location - to move the InitialStore.xml file,
But I believe I need to backup the volume for these folders and C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\* however i don't want to backup the whole c: drive including windows as its a basic windows with hyper-v so kinda a waste of 40Gb storage and data transfer time.

Am i correct, i have the vm running from the E: drive and the initialstore.xml on E: as well,  can i get away with just backing up E: now? or do i need to still do the whole C: drive too as i cant move the folders?

Starting to dislike Hyper-V :-(

Thanks for your help
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Milind KoyandeCommented:
Hello,

You can use Volume Shadow Copy with windows Server Backup Manager (tool provided by Microsoft itself) to backup your HyperV Hosts. Please refer the following links (of my blog)

http://eitwebguru.com/configure-hyper-v-backups-using-windows-server-backup/
http://eitwebguru.com/configure-hyper-v-backups-using-windows-server-backup-part-ii/
http://eitwebguru.com/configure-hyper-v-backups-using-windows-server-backup-part-iii/

I hope this will help you.
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Carol ChisholmCommented:
You need to do a little reading so as to understand the concepts. Windows backup provides very simple backup solutions for backing up the whole VM or that data in the VM.
You certainly don't want to be backing up the drives on the host machine.

You can also use the Veeam free edition:
http://www.veeam.com/virtual-machine-backup-solution-free.html
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