Best method to backup WM in HyperV

Hi Guys,

Which is the best method to backup a VM in HyperV?
I need everything on the server backed up, including data.

Will VM export do the trick?
Rupert EghardtProgrammerAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Export is a method of backup, if you have no money or third party backup software.

otherwise the Best is Veeam Backup and Replication or Altaro.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I'd suggest Altaro - Free for 2 VMs or less.
Rupert EghardtProgrammerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the recommendations guys,

I will definitely give Altaro a try,

Two questions at this point

1.  Does Altaro require a server restart after installation?  
2.  I've done an export of the VM for the time being, how comprehensive is this sort of backup?  Have any of you ever restored from a VM export successfully?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. Depends on whether it needs to update any files, in use. Install on a new Server, do not install on the host!

2. It's an okay method, better than nothing, and yes they can be restored or moved to another Host!

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