Hyper-V backup on Windows 10 Host?

Sal Sorice
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I just installed a new Office PC (Win 10 Enterprise). I have an old billing program on my prior Win7 Pro PC that I want to keep using. Created a VM of the Win7 PC using Macrium viBoot, installed the Hyper-V role in Win10 and am able to boot / use the VM without issue. Great!

But what about backup? I have Macrium setup to image my Win10 PC daily. Would restoring my Win7 VM (if needed) be a simple matter of restoring all the files in the Macrium viBoot folder (where all VM files are stored I believe).

I realize (and use) VM backup software (Altaro) at my Server clients. But Altaro, Veeam, etc. programs require the Host to be running Server software. Looked at BackupChain but that would need a Server license as well.

I'm hoping just a simple backup of the VM files will suffice in this scenario.

Anyone have experience with Hyper-V backup on a Win10 host?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
For a simple desktop workstation guest running under VMware Workstation, I just make a copy of the guest. Works. Can you make a copy of the Hyper-V guest and if so does it run?
Just one slight addition to John's good response: If you just copy the .VHD file, you'll have to recreate the configuration if you want to restore it to another computer.  That's not a big issue, usually, but one that can be avoided.  Within Hyper-V you can do a backup of the VM (and I think you can specify just the settings, not the VHD) which will have those settings for you.  That would be useful to do once, then every time you make significant changes to the Hyper-V configuration for the VM (which is likely rare).
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Thanks for the update.   For VMware Workstation, I just copy the machine folder. The instructions for Hyper-V above are helpful
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You can use a script Powershell for backup VM:
https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/PowerShell-Hyper-V-Backup-7d444752

or you can backup the system when the VM are shut down
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you can also export the vm to a location and then copy that directory elsewhere.  Later on you can import the vm
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Thanks all for the comments. I'll likely just backup/restore the VM directory if needed. There seem to be quirks in how Macrium creates the VM. David, an export fails so that is not an option (again, I think it is a Macrium thing). I saw the powershell script so will likely give that a try as well. Happy 2019 to all!
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Happy 2019 also to you!!

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