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How to backup Windows 2012 virtual servers?

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I'm planning a new Hyper-V server which will run two Windows 2012 VMs. One VM with AD, DNS, DHCP and Exchange 2013. The other VM will be a SQL Express Server (maybe upgrade to full SQL later).
The current system I have is a Windows 2003 SBS server which uses Symantec Backup Exec 2012 and a LTO drive.
I'm used to dealing with a backup tape and daily backup tapes on a single server but if I have two virtual servers in a single physical server I'm not sure what to use. I've heard that Veeam is an option but I've not looked at that yet. Is Symantec Backup Exec still something to look at (even though I've never liked it)?
Suggestions welcome please.
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You can easily take backup for both VM easily simply need to follow these steps so start your backup process
virtualizationreview.com/blogs/virtual-insider/2013/02/back-up-hyper-v-vms.aspx
You can more read about backup process of Hyper-V VMs by following steps
blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2013/02/18/windows-backup-and-hyper-v-in-server-2012.aspx
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My verdict so far:
* ShadowProtect: couldn't find a trial version so not done much with this.
* Veeam: Looks very comprehensive but far too complicated and expensive for what I want. I was impressed that I got a phone call from Veeam asking how the trial was going but less impressed that they couldn't answer my basic questions
* BackupAssist: This looks like the most useful so far. Not too expensive and fairly easy to get to grips with.
* BackupExec: Glad I don't ever have to use it again!
* Altaro: Yet to look at this one.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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