HyperV backup -- Windows 2012 R2 Standard ?

I am planning to do a very quick install
on one of my HyperV's and don't want to
spend alot of time doing an EXPORT/etc.

1. Do you recommend the below ?
2. If not, what do you recommend ?
 1. turn HyperV OFF
 2. copy HyperV's assocated
    C:\Users\Public\Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual hard disks
    and C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\Virtual Machines
    files to a different location
 3. turn HyperV ON
 4. do install

 5. if something goes wrong do the below
 6. turn HyperV OFF
 7. copy HyperV's assocated
    C:\Users\Public\Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual hard disks
    and C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\Virtual Machines
    files from the different location back to the original location
 8. turn HyperV ON
 9. everything should work like original,
    before I did anything
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
The only way to "turn Hyper-V off" is to uninstall the role. Which I wouldn't recommend for any reason unless you plan on removing it permanently.

More importantly, I don't understand what you are trying to do. Your topic subject line talks about doing a backup. Which that process doesn't really do. And in the description, you talk about doing "a very quick install" of Hyper-V....which makes no sense given the process you laid out.

So what are you trying to accomplish here?!?

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finance_teacherAuthor Commented:
I am trying to install some software (i.e. Microsoft Office, etc) on one of my existing HyperV VMs but want to make a quick backup of my exiting HyperV VM first.

In the above I am basically turning one of the VMs off, doing the steps, etc.

Do you have any other BETTER steps ?
yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Snapshot it and if all goes well delete the snapshot.

Snapshots allow you to revert to a previous point in time.  
This is something I do in my VM environment when I plan to make some sort of modification.

Note: the deleting of the snapshot can take some time so wait until you see it completed within in Hyper-V Console.

You really backup you servers regularly as best practice VM or Physical.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Exporting a VM vs copying all of its files takes the same amount of time. I don't what yoi'e heard that makes not want to "take the time to EXPORT/etc.". That is the best "quick" solution. Note that snapshots are not supported in production.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Note that snapshots are not supported in production. Cliff can you cite some sources other than anecdotal evidence.

I would snapshot (check mark) roll back on failure, if success, delete checkmark and let it merge
Cliff GaliherCommented:
How about from someone on the team and that there is a feature in server 2016 called "production checkpoints. A bit more than anecdotal.

Muhammad BurhanManager I.T.Commented:
Yes! it can be done with two ways:

1. Power off that VM and copy its VHD/VHDX to another location.
if any thing went wrong during testing just point HDD location to the VHD/VHDX you copied.

2.(Easiest way) Make Snapshot. it stores your VM state from which you can easily call your VM back if any thing went wrong in testing.
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