What is the best solution for backing up Hyper-V VMs?

vvajjhala used Ask the Experts™
We have two identical Dell PowerEdge servers running WS2012 R2 set up as a cluster to a Dell PowerVault SAN.
There are 14 Hyper-V VMs occupying a little over 3TBs. As we are looking to expand the storage of the PowerVault,
I need a good backup solution for the VMs.

What is the most common and best way to backup these VMs?
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We use Acronis Virtual Host for our 2 HyperV server in a cluster and a Dell Equallogic SAN. Works pretty well for us. The Virtual Host license covers all Virtual Machines on the host.
Veeam has a freebie backup one Veem Backup and replication, once installed on a windows pc do the following.

Add server in upper right – go through that – then add the other one -  expand host – right click Virtual Machine – Quick Migration -


Thank you Long Le,

Would you kindly provide more detail about your setup?

Is the software installed on both servers?...Where are you backing up to?

I appreciate it.
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We have Acronis Agent installed on both our HyperV Servers and All the VM.
The Acronis Server handles all the licensing and back up schedules.
The Acronis Server backs up HyperV Host and VMS to a Synology NAS which then gets replicated to another Synology NAS offsite.
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I prefer Altaro over Veeam and Acronis.  Reasonably priced and doesn't require agents on the VMs.  Also fast with great compression.
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I use Altaro for Hyper-V backup

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