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Hi

Not to over familiar with windows 2012 R2 CLI but a few questions.

If I wanted to run a exe file how do I do this?

Also, if I wanted to backup the Hyper V Guests using Symantec Recovery server 2013 or something similar. Would I need to run this from another physical server to backup the VHD or could I install another HyperV guest on the host and install the backup software there?

Would a Hyper V guest running backup software actually be able to see the physical vhd to back it up on a Windows 2012 R2?
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1). I don't understand your question. Windows 2012 R2 is still Windows. You run an exe just like you always would. I assume you mean from the command line, and you would run an exe like always have been able to in DOS by typing in the name of the exe file.

2). I am not familiar with Symantec Recovery Manager in particular but you can probably run it in a VM on the same host. My question is where are you planning on storing the backups, and how would you recover if you lost your primary storage? You would need to keep the VM running your backups and the backups themselves on storage that is completely separate from where you keep the rest of your production VMs.

3). The software doing the backup would talk to the hypervisor over the network to do the backup, so it shouldn't matter if the backup server is a VM or a separate physical box.

If your environment is all physical, Veeam seems to be the market leader. If you have any physical servers or VMs that you want to treat like physical servers Unitrends is a great choice.
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Thanks for your answers. I am actually putting forward Unitrends as a solutions as looks great.

Think i'm going to convert the windows CLI back to a GUI. It looks fairly straight forward?

Thanks
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I have never successfully added the full GUI onto Windows Core installation. Best practice is to leave it as core and use all GUI tools from another system such as Windows 8.1
or Windows 2012. You can also use free tools from 5nine software to manage Hyper-V from Windows 7.
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