Hyper-V Restore

Just walked into a new site and they on-site I.T. guy informed me that one of the hyper-V V.M.'s is not starting.  The VM in question was backed up via windows backup  from within the guest OS as opposed to from the Hypervisor itself.  If the worse case scenario presents itself can I create a new VM and restore via the Windows startup DVD ISO?
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Norm DickinsonGuruCommented:
I would start by creating a VM that is as similar as possible to the one that won't start, and then try restoring what is needed from the backup. The more you can recreate in the setup process, the less important the backup is to getting a new VM running. Restoring files should be no problem, and setting information is found elsewhere in most cases, so a full recovery should be possible from what you have.

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Yes.  If the worst case happens you can follow Norm's advice.  If it is a Windows backup you should be able to boot to the ISO, point to where the data is backed up from the new VM and restore the whole machine.  Done it several times myself.

If you just needed the files, you may want to make a copy of the VM's .vhd or .vhdx file and see if you can mount the virtual disk.  This would let you just copy the files off.  You can also try doing this such as chkdsk or offline repair on the disk itself if you wanted to for any reason.

If time is of the essence though to get the whole server up, then Norm's suggestion is the way to go.
entmicsolAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, was able to get the VM started without restoring.  Now scrambling to get the environment documented and get better backup / recovery procedures in place.
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