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Windows Server Backups & Hyper-V Scheduling

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I would like to use Windows Server 2012 R2 built in backup to automatically backup Hyper-V VMs once a week.  I noticed that the only option is daily.

Also, I will be backing them up to a local D Drive on that server.  I would like them to automatically replace the old backup with the new one and only keep one valid copy.

Can this be done?
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I have never liked the windows server backup tool.

How many VMs?  I prefer Veeam, who has a free version.  veeam.com

I have also used Altaro for hyper-v.  It's pretty strong. Altaro.com
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It's for 2 Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V hosts.  I have backup exec 2014, but it does not FULLY support that OS yet.  This is a bandaid until they do.  I was trying to avoid installing a 3rd party app on each host.

Do you still recommend VEEAM?
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Looks like VEEAM does not support Hyper-V in the free version... Is that correct?
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Yep. Used it for esx and hyper-v. The 30 day trial is fully functional; you can run it on baremetal or on a vm.

If you are set on using the WBAdmin, there are some interesting notes in this thread about customing the scheduled tasks. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/5bf43821-1185-4bde-9afd-d066d86b4754/how-can-i-schedule-a-backup-less-than-daily?forum=windowsbackup
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