General HyperV and Backup question


- 2 HyperV servers, Windows Server 2008 R2, NOT clustered.
- Backup exec to tape, running for freaking Always and never completes a backup.

So pretty messed up situation. There is a SAN where the VM's are stored on. What i wanna know is, am i thinking in the right way to solve the issues.


1. Cluster the HyperV servers. Can this be done when servers are running on the hosts?
2. What is the best way to backup HyperV VM's? I need the servers to be out of the building. So when the building burns
     down, i buy 2 new hosts and fire up the servers. What do I backup? And how?
3. Use backup exec and the tapes to backup;
    - Data
    - Exchange
    - SQL Databases
    - Profiles
    - System states
    - etc.

 Is this the right way to go?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. I would not recommend any cluster changes to the Host OS running VMs.

2. Veeam Backup and Replication, even available as a trial!

3. Tape based backup is slow and out of date. See Veeam.
SvenIAAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply.

1. What if I do want the HyperV hosts to be clustered? Can I first backup the VM's and then create a cluster?

2. Is backing up the virtual harddisks enough to backup an entire server?

3. I'm stuck to tape unfortunatly.
VishalnarseSystem Wintel Administrator L2Commented:


you can  migration the VM in new Vmware.

Yes you can back to the VM then you can try for cluster. Please backup entire VM folder in a new path or same path with new name folder.

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VishalnarseSystem Wintel Administrator L2Commented:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. Yes

2. Yes, but you also want to backup the Metadata information for completeness.

3. Veeam also supports tape from v7.

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VishalnarseSystem Wintel Administrator L2Commented:
Yes, Veeam also supports backup tape.
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SvenIAAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info!
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