HyperV Host backups

Hi all,

I'm looking for a backup solution that will backup a hyperv host (hypervisor) as well as the VMs running on it  ? Seen many software options out there that can do full image backups and restore, Shadow Protect is one of them although not used it, that claims to do this, but looks very expensive.

Any recommendations or ideas much appreciated,

Thanks.
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Tyler BrooksNetwork and Security ConsultantCommented:
Both Backup Exec and Storagecraft (ShadowProtect) can do this, personally, I prefer Storagecraft.

They do handle it a little differently though, BackupExec runs the software on the host and then installs agents on the VM's, Storagecraft installs full copies of ShadowProtect SPX on the VM's and their images exist completely separately from the host.

Cost wise they are both pretty similar depending on which licensing models you use, I think ShadowProtect is slightly cheaper than BackupExec but it's been a little while since I've compared them so I could be mistaken about that.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
We run with Veeam at the host level and ShadowProtect for in-guest backups. Both work really well.

The VM count on the host determines which one usually. More VMs = Veeam.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
here are the top 5

http://www.vmwarearena.com/top-5-best-free-backup-software-for-vmware-and-hyper-v-infrastructure/

All are available for download and evaluation
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discoveranotherAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the prompt replies guys much appreciated. All interesting answers. With regards Veeam, this can be run from the hyperv host ? Which version of Veeam is this if I may ask ? I tested Veeam backing up a physical server and it takes forever. Any views on this appreciated. Thanks guys.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's recommended to run Veeam on another server, not the HOST, keep the host software limited to just Hyper-V.

That product you were using was probably Windows Agent, and not Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5.
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discoveranotherAuthor Commented:
Good point Andrew i think it was the agent version. Just to clarify, forgive my ignorance here, so dont backup the host at all just the VMs ? The reason i was querying was unless im clutching at the wrong sraws here so to speak, is because although the VMs can be quickly restored the host, which obviously hosts the VMs and data, if that went down the host would need setting back up which id rather just restore it like the VMs and can it all backup and running in no time.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Good point Andrew i think it was the agent version. Just to clarify, forgive my ignorance here, so dont backup the host at all just the VMs ? The reason i was querying was unless im clutching at the wrong sraws here so to speak, is because although the VMs can be quickly restored the host, which obviously hosts the VMs and data, if that went down the host would need setting back up which id rather just restore it like the VMs and can it all backup and running in no time.

If you do not want to rebuild your host from documentation, then you will need to backup files and folders using Veeam Agent, or other tools, like Windows Server backup.
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